gran·​ule | \ ˈgran-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce granule (audio) \

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the discovery of a tiny dead microbe would offer a granule of hope. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians," 30 July 2020 The process involves minimal extra work for the farmer, being easily applied as a seed treatment or a granule in the field that will grow out to become an extension of the root system of the crop and function alongside it. James Thornhill, Houston Chronicle, "Can tiny fungi slash the cost of capturing carbon?," 26 June 2020 Finns will take time out of their day to indulge in some strong coffee paired with a sweet treat—usually korvapuusti, or cinnamon buns baked with a dash of cardamom, then topped with thick granules of pearl sugar. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Life Tips from Finland, the Happiest Country in the World," 9 Apr. 2020 In a photo Chen took to accompany her story, a parked truck was loaded with bags of polypropylene granules for sale. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus shortages, manufacturing face mask filters in China is like printing money," 30 Apr. 2020 Sand burs germinate over a long growing season, so the control works even better if herbicide granules are applied again on or about June 1. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: It’s weed season, San Antonio gardeners. Here’s what to do," 20 Feb. 2020 Plus, butterscotch is most commonly made by melting brown sugar with butter (rather than on its own), which helps the granules to dissolve evenly and melt gently. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Don’t Stress Over Caramel When You Can Make Butterscotch Instead," 23 Mar. 2020 That involves washing and filtering the sugar and refining it into fine and extra-fine granules and other types of products. Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Domino plant is working overtime as raw sugar pours in from Mexico," 29 Jan. 2020 The oily heat, the crunch of chile flakes and fried peanut, and the blast of umami from granules of MSG are all here for you. Max Falkowitz, Saveur, "You Need This New High-End Chinese Chile Crisp," 4 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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The first known use of granule was in 1652

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“Granule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of granule

: a small grain or piece of something


gran·​ule | \ ˈgran-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce granule (audio) \

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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