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 David looked at the conversations at a granular level, using the tools of a linguistic subfield called conversation analysis. Michael Erard, Quartz, "How a doctor and a linguist are using AI to better talk to dying patients," 3 Sep. 2019 The poop is often granular-looking, segmented, tube-shaped, and 2 to 3 inches long. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 The volume of criticism of Facebook is soaring amid concerns over the spread of false information on its platform, and its granular data on user habits. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "What Microsoft Can Teach Facebook About Playing Nice," 29 Jan. 2019 Campaign finance disclosures that detail cash on hand, donors, spending and other granular information are not due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission until Jan. 31. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Bernie Sanders raises nearly $35 million in the final months of 2019," 2 Jan. 2020 Over time, Apple has provided more granular control over how and when apps can access your location. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, "What to do when your iPhone says an app has been using your location in the background," 21 Sep. 2019 What happens with very granular controls is that people feel empowered, and at least in our research, the perception of control over personal information decreased privacy concerns. Cathy Cunningham,, "Research shows greater online privacy controls can result in sharing more personal information," 17 May 2018 The Astros lean as heavily on data as any organization, and their pitchers embrace the granular information. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Following Old Masters, Luis Severino Throws a Gem for the Yankees," 3 May 2018 Tighter financing, consumer pressure, and employee lobbying, together, are pushing companies to set goals and account for their emissions in increasingly granular detail. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Bridging the Climate Gap — The Loop," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of granular was in 1762

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8 Feb 2020

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“Granular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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

Other Words from granular

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

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