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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Converting those granules into a liquid was a challenge. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Hot Wax Everywhere, Broken Counters: Making Your Own Plastic Alternatives Gets Messy," 25 Oct. 2018 The Martian surface is covered in sand, dirt and dust granules, and the planet is known to have storms and be struck by meteoroids. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty Avalanche," 19 June 2018 Crack the salt crust, dust the granules of clinging salt off with a clean, dry dish towel, and set to rest on a tray. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe," 17 July 2012 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

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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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