granite

[ gran-it ]
/ ˈgræn ɪt /

noun

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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Origin of granite

First recorded in 1640–50, granite is from the Italian word granito grainy. See grain, -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM granite

gra·nit·ic [gruh-nit-ik], /grəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjectivegran·ite·like, adjectivepre·gra·nit·ic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH granite

granite , granité

Definition for granite (2 of 2)

granité
[ gran-i-tey, grah-ni-; French gra-nee-tey ]
/ ˌgræn ɪˈteɪ, ˌgrɑ nɪ-; French gra niˈteɪ /

noun French Cooking.

Origin of granité

From French

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH granité

granite, granité
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British Dictionary definitions for granite

granite
/ (ˈɡrænɪt) /

noun

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 granite

granite-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

granite
[ grănĭt ]

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

granite

A relatively lightweight igneous rock that makes up most of the Earth's crust beneath the continents. (See basalt, plate tectonics, and tectonic plates.)

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