gran·​u·​lar ˈgran-yə-lər How to pronounce granular (audio)
: consisting of or appearing to consist of granules : grainy
: finely detailed
granular reports
granularity noun

Example Sentences

icy, granular snow makes for terrible skiing—if you can, ski on light, powdery snow
Recent Examples on the Web Is the problem that this Art World Family was crass enough to spell out the humiliation of the job in granular detail? Jessica Geltstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 The document goes into granular detail to claim the network panicked over viewer reaction to Trump’s loss, with the truth at times taking a back seat to concern over declining ratings. Stephen Battaglio, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2023 As with auto-racing software, users can analyze their rides in granular detail to improve their skills or adjust training regimens. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2023 In turn, her music captures the most granular details of a young woman’s emotional turmoil that feel as real and tangible as looking at a reflection in the mirror. Deasia Paige, ELLE, 13 Dec. 2022 The movie instead opts to re-examine the latter portions of the first film in granular detail, along with introducing two new characters, played by Leon Lai and Chen Daoming, who bring added, welcome twists to the story. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The agency needs to examine more granular detail to make sure ridership growth is happening in all neighborhoods, officials said. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 The perimeter would be constructed of two parallel rows of sheet pile, similar to sea walls, with the middle filled with granular material. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2023 But more granular indicators of housing construction—the bigger overall driver of commodities demand—still look shaky. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


see granule

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of granular was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Granular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


gran·​u·​lar ˈgran-yə-lər How to pronounce granular (audio)
: consisting of grains
: having a grainy structure, feel, or appearance
granularity noun

Medical Definition


gran·​u·​lar ˈgran-yə-lər How to pronounce granular (audio)
: consisting of or containing granules : having a grainy texture
: having granules with an affinity for specific biological stains
granular cytoplasm
: having or marked by granulations
granular tissue
granularity noun
plural granularities

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