gran·​u·​lar | \ˈgran-yə-lər \

Definition of granular 

1 : consisting of or appearing to consist of granules : grainy

2 : finely detailed granular reports

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Other Words from granular

granularity \ ˌgran-​yə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē \ 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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These same researchers now have published a more granular study, which tracks people who already held jobs when the minimum wage rose. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Seattle’s Fake Free Lunch," 31 Oct. 2018 Students sought to learn how granular substances like sand and gravel could be applied on a larger architectural scale. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Robots built this wild plastic pavilion," 28 Sep. 2018 Scouts went to Villanova to learn about Bridges in the most granular detail, and to get the broad, honest impressions of the people who had worked with Bridges every day for years. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Inside the Life of Future Lottery Pick Mikal Bridges," 15 June 2018 Seattle planners wanted to understand in granular detail how the systems would work, and how its citizens would use them. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 Forums like LetsRun hosted heated threads dissecting the issue in granular detail. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Coaches operate on a granular level that exists entirely between the first ticks of the game clock and the final vibrations of the fat lady’s vocal cords. David Murphy,, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 Moreover, each region is a complex area, filled with granular detail to which a brief description barely does justice. Tim Lomas,, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 Ever-more granular data collection has become the base condition of using today’s internet, and there’s no end to the number of shadowy actors willing to trade on it. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 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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The first known use of granular was in 1762

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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 \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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