adjective, grain·i·er, grain·i·est.
- resembling grain; granular.
- full of grains or grain.
- having a natural or simulated grain, as wood, wallpaper, etc.
- Photography. (of a negative or positive) having a granular appearance.
Origin of grainy
Related formsgrain·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1605–15; grain
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Examples from the Web for graininess
Historical Examples of graininess
Graininess may be caused by too much acid or too much moisture in the cheese.
Have you ever sat close to the screen in a motion picture theatre, so that the graininess of the moving film was visible?
The cat Bartouki took such pains to develop was of a plastic that does not have the graininess of concrete.
British Dictionary definitions for graininess
Derived Formsgraininess, noun adjective grainier or grainiest
- resembling, full of, or composed of grain; granular
- resembling the grain of wood, leather, etc
- photog having poor definition because of large grain size
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Word Origin and History for graininess
1610s, from grain + -y (2). In Middle English, grain also was used as an adjective, "like grain, lumpy, spotted" (early 15c.).
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