granule

noun
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?

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Frozen granules flavored with kjolle brought me to the foot of the glacier where that herb grows. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 After the fertilizer is applied, water the bed by hand to wash any fertilizer granules off the foliage and down to the soil. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Pick basil and other garden herbs over next two months," 14 Apr. 2019 The Dresden group studying P granules didn’t know either. Quanta Magazine, "Dividing Droplets Could Explain Life’s Origin," 19 Jan. 2017 But Brangwynne, Eckmann and Hyman saw that the granules were not solid at all. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 2018 Scalp exfoliators typically remove dead skin with either small amounts of salicylic acid (more commonly found in acne products), or granules that dissolve. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 Researchers discovered starch granules in the tooth plaque of some of the foragers. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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