[ gran-it ]
/ ˈgræn ɪt /
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.
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Question 1 of 10
Origin of granite
OTHER WORDS FROM granitegra·nit·ic [gruh-nit-ik], /grəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjectivegran·ite·like, adjectivepre·gra·nit·ic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH granitegranite , granité
Definition for granite (2 of 2)
[ gran-i-tey, grah-ni-; French gra-nee-tey ]
/ ˌgræn ɪˈteɪ, ˌgrɑ nɪ-; French gra niˈteɪ /
noun French Cooking.
Origin of granité
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH granitégranite, granité
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British Dictionary definitions for granite
/ (ˈɡrænɪt) /
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)
Derived forms of granitegranite-like, adjectivegranitic (ɡrəˈnɪtɪk) or granitoid, adjective
Word Origin for granite
C17: from Italian granito grained, from granire to grain, from grano grain, from Latin grānum
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Scientific definitions for granite
[ grăn′ĭt ]
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.
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Cultural definitions for granite
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