granule

noun
gran·ule | \ˈgran-(ˌ)yül \

Definition of granule 

1 : a small particle especially : one of numerous particles forming a larger unit

2 : any of the small short-lived brilliant spots on the sun's photosphere

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Examples of granule in a Sentence

is there one granule of truth in that statement?

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There’s also the matter of the granules, or the specific grains that make up different scrubs. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 Scientists know this thanks to a handful of ancient teeth, whose plaque revealed microfossils of fish scales, fish flesh and starch granules. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Ancient Teeth Reveal The Roots of Humankind," 2 July 2018 Large, rugged and round as marbles, the granules found there are ideally shaped to prop open crevices in shale rock so that the oil can seep out freely. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018 The stains revealed that the cells of animals were packed with mysterious granules. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Activated charcoal comes in many forms: powder and pills for ingesting, granules and cubes for purifying the environment, and sponges and fabrics for cleansing and wearing. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, "8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)," 25 Mar. 2017 Let stand 1 minute, then stir with a rubber spatula over low heat until granules dissolve completely and mixture is clear, 2 to 3 minutes. Nancy L. Dell'aria, Woman's Day, "Chilled Lemon Cheesecake," 30 Dec. 2011 The resulting granules can be melted and moulded in the same way as plastic is in factory processes. The Economist, "Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres," 14 June 2018 Nadal has won more than 90 percent of his matches played with granules of dirt underfoot. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Eleventh heaven: Nadal As Good As Ever in Winning 11th French Open," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of granule

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for granule

Late Latin granulum, diminutive of Latin granum grain

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granule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of granule

: a small grain or piece of something

granule

noun
gran·ule | \ˈgran-(ˌ)yü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of granule 

1a : a little grain or small particle especially : one of a number of particles forming a larger unit

b : a small sugar-coated pill

2 : a clump of actinomycetes in a lesion

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