- a coarse-grained igneous rock composed chiefly of orthoclase and albite feldspars and of quartz, usually with lesser amounts of one or more other minerals, as mica, hornblende, or augite.
- anything compared to this rock in great hardness, firmness, or durability.
Origin of granite
Origin of granité
Examples from the Web for granite
After that granite band is filled in, there are seven more blank ones on the next block.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own
November 11, 2014
Republican Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now running in the Granite State, is the best conveyor of the message.How to Politicize Ebola: Blame It on Obama—or the GOP
October 14, 2014
He was told it had gone well, he said, and he has already received two more invitations to the Granite State.The GOP’s 2016 Dark Horse: This Guy?!
September 17, 2014
I was done with the book on June 30, the date on which 19 Hotshots died fighting a fire at Granite Mountain in Arizona.When Fiery Fact Imitates Fiction: A Deadly Arizona Fire Mirrored One Writer’s Novel
June 9, 2014
Palin, who once called Ayotte the “Granite Grizzly” also has turned against her.The GOP Already Has a 2016 Front-Runner... for Vice President
February 27, 2014
In the afternoon got a fine round of angles from granite rocks.Explorations in Australia
The granite of the mountains is superior to the celebrated Quincy.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
On the fourth day this changed, and we camped at the foot of a granite mountain.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The name of the stone you have just picked up happens to be granite.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
You admire this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- a light-coloured coarse-grained acid plutonic igneous rock consisting of quartz, feldspars, and such ferromagnesian minerals as biotite or hornblende: widely used for building
- great hardness, endurance, or resolution
- another name for a stone (def. 9)
Word Origin and History for granite
1640s, from French granit(e) (17c.) or directly from Italian granito "granite," originally "grained," past participle of granire "granulate, make grainy," from grano "grain," from Latin granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). In reference to the appearance of the rock. Used figuratively for "hardness" (of the heart, head, etc.) from 1839. New Hampshire, U.S., has been the Granite State since at least 1825.
- A usually light-colored, coarse-grained igneous rock consisting mostly of quartz, orthoclase feldspar, sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar, and micas. Quartz usually makes up 10 to 50 percent of the light-colored minerals in granite, with the remaining minerals consisting of the feldspars and muscovite. The darker minerals in granite are usually biotite and hornblende. Granite is one of the most common rocks in the crust of continents, and is formed by the slow, underground cooling of magma.