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[ grey-nee ]


, grain·i·er, grain·i·est.
  1. resembling grain; granular.
  2. full of grains grain or grain.
  3. having a natural or simulated grain, as wood, wallpaper, etc.
  4. Photography. (of a negative or positive) having a granular appearance.


/ ˈɡreɪnɪ /


  1. resembling, full of, or composed of grain; granular
  2. resembling the grain of wood, leather, etc
  3. photog having poor definition because of large grain size
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Derived Forms

  • ˈgraininess, noun
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Other Words From

  • graini·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of grainy1

First recorded in 1605–15; grain + -y 1
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Example Sentences

We were exposed to classic road races like Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo via weather-beaten magazines and grainy VHS tapes.

His presentation included a number of grainy-emails-with-block-yellow-highlighting graphics that are useful for both validating claims and leveraging the aesthetic of a piece of evidence from a criminal trial.

It’s impossible to save these grainy signals onto normal hard drives without losing information that’s vital for doing interferometry.

I’ve shot a ton of clear photos of my kids in my dimly-lit house with it and can easily bring out the shadows in Adobe Lightroom to reveal details, which don’t get too grainy or pixelated.

Still, the grainy image was somehow detailed enough for a total stranger to decipher the hiker’s exact location.

He frets about how identifiable he is in the grainy footage.

Good news: so is this grainy TMZ footage of a Bieber/Bloom Ibiza brawl.

My favorite began with a grainy black and white shot of a large snowdrift.

They are grainy, low-resolution black-and-white pictures, more scruff than science.

Upon closer inspection, the image, taken in Vietnam in 1972, is grainy, almost hazy.

Stirring it even a little is apt to start crystallization and the candy will then be grainy instead of creamy.

It is at this point that crystallization begins, and the fondant, instead of being creamy, will become grainy.

Tau dug further into his kit, brought out the vial of white powder with its grainy lumps.

There he hid everything the leather bag had contained excepting the grainy powder.

The ink was a pale blue in places, deepening to a strong blue in other places, with grainy blue specks.


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