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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In fact, plenty of designers may not even know the granular details behind their own lines. Vogue, "How One Lovely Little Label Gets Made in Delhi, India," 31 May 2019 In December 2017, the Justice Department sent Commerce a memo asking for more granular data on citizenship to better enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices that discriminate by race. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Who Runs the Census?," 24 Jan. 2019 But the targeting in Europe has gotten less granular. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Facebook’s Next Privacy Challenge: Less Data to Target Ads," 30 July 2018 Western states spend millions on conservation and have more granular data about where the bird lives and breeds. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sage Grouse Sanity, At Last," 13 Dec. 2018 There are lots of loose, granular and bare spots on the report. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "After a near-disastrous February, Mid-Atlantic ski resorts try to bounce back in March," 2 Mar. 2018 And on a granular level, being honest with myself has turned out to be one of the biggest keys in staying tidy. Dawn Nadeau, Good Housekeeping, "How I Totally Changed My Life to Finally Get Organized," 28 Dec. 2018 The new lobbying apparatus, an effort to cut redundancies among bank trade groups, will also have to manage competing interests between its members especially at the granular level of detail that characterizes rulemaking. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Big Banks Reshape Lobbying Game," 16 July 2018 To see more granular data, check out Enigma Public’s FEC Data, which includes searchable federal campaign contributions for 2018 as well as PAC summaries for 2018. Rani Molla, Recode, "Tech employees are much more liberal than their employers — at least as far as the candidates they support," 31 Oct. 2018

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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

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

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