gran·​u·​lar | \ ˈgran-yə-lər How to pronounce granular (audio) \

Definition of granular

1 : consisting of or appearing to consist of granules : grainy
2 : finely detailed granular reports

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granularity \ ˌgran-​yə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce granularity (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for granular


coarse, grained, grainy, granulated


dusty, fine, floury, powdery, superfine, ultrafine

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Examples of granular in a Sentence

icy, granular snow makes for terrible skiing—if you can, ski on light, powdery snow

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Back in 2015, Ars got a firsthand look at the work of Zebra Technologies, an enterprise data company that had just started working on more granular player tracking. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron," 1 Sep. 2019 In place of the good decaying leaves and other organic matter in the soil, large populations of jumping worms leave loose, granular soil that resembles coffee grounds. Cindy Dampier,, "Jumping worms are the latest invasive species to hit Illinois. In Chicago, they’re basically everywhere.," 14 Aug. 2019 David Leigh gives Hjarne a deep, granular bass and persuasive madness. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A fairy-tale world premiere and Janácek's brutal but redemptive 'Jenufa' impress at Santa Fe Opera," 6 Aug. 2019 Deep dive, drill down, granular: Should be avoided at any cost. Suresh Rangarajan, Quartz India, "It’s 2019 and Indian businesses need to retire these clichéd phrases," 31 July 2019 The reason for this is something called dilatancy of granular materials. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make Water Disappear--With the Wet-Sand Effect," 25 July 2019 Coarse cornmeal cooks for a long time before losing its granular bite. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "The Need-to-Know Rule For Buying and Using Cornmeal," 17 July 2019 McDonald's already places enormous requirements on its franchisees, including down to granular tasks and food preparation techniques. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Senators tell McDonald's: Franchisees need harassment policies," 11 June 2019 There, revealed in all its granular glory, is the state of our democracy today. Linda Greenhouse, The New York Review of Books, "The Impeachment Question," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of granular

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for granular

see granule

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English Language Learners Definition of granular

: made of or appearing to be made of small pieces or granules


gran·​u·​lar | \ ˈgran-yə-lər How to pronounce granular (audio) \

Medical Definition of granular

1a : consisting of or containing granules : having a grainy texture
b : having granules with an affinity for specific biological stains granular cytoplasm
2 : having or marked by granulations granular tissue

Other Words from granular

granularity \ ˌgran-​yə-​ˈlar-​ət-​ē How to pronounce granularity (audio) \ noun, plural granularities

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readily or continually undergoing change

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