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

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icy, granular snow makes for terrible skiing—if you can, ski on light, powdery snow
Recent Examples on the Web More granular data might help scientists better understand the pandemic’s trajectory. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, "India's COVID-19 cases have declined rapidly—but herd immunity is still far away, scientists say," 29 Oct. 2020 On a granular level, Spinks saw a change: Her freelance budget was dramatically scaled back, forcing her to fill the newspaper with articles from sister newspapers about other communities. Washington Post, "This journalist was her paper’s only full-time reporter — until they fired her. Her small town wonders: Now what?," 23 Oct. 2020 Even in places where that capacity exists, the databases don’t have the fields to record the granular data being demanded of Covid-19 vaccine reporting. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "In the US, 50 States Could Mean 50 Vaccine Rollout Strategies," 16 Oct. 2020 Local economic shocks in Hong Kong cannot explain this highly granular ripple effect within an estate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Blue Waving (or Drowning?)," 27 Oct. 2020 This latter part of the book becomes somewhat granular in this regard; die-hard fans, if not general lovers of electronic music and its history, may find the anecdotes compelling. Washington Post, "Wendy Carlos, the electronic music pioneer who happens to be transgender," 23 Oct. 2020 As a result, while someone with European ancestry who takes a test may get granular results telling them their county of origin, someone with roots in south Asia may have to do with a self-evident regional picture. Bhavya Dore, Quartz, "Despite mixed results, south Asian adoptees turn to DNA tests," 20 Oct. 2020 The digital exhaust from them is far more granular and real time than the analog paper trail for traditional durable medical equipment when used to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Andrey Ostrovsky, STAT, "Medicare should break an old rule to let breakthrough digital therapeutics save lives," 19 Oct. 2020 No other state has tried such a granular approach to rising cases, public health experts said, opting instead for closures at the county or state level. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "How a New Virus Lockdown Turned New York Into Two Cities," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of granular was in 1762

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“Granular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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

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

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