What does granite mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. granite(noun)

    plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz

  2. granite(noun)

    something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness)

    "a man of granite"


  1. granite(Noun)

    A group of igneous and plutonic rocks composed primarily of feldspar and quartz. Usually contains one or more dark minerals, which may be mica, pyroxene, or amphibole. Granite is quarried for building stone, road gravel, decorative stone, and tombstones. Common colors are gray, white, pink, and yellow-brown.

  2. Origin: From granit, from granito, from granire, from grano, from granum. Compare granita.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Granite(noun)

    a crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a whitish, grayish, or flesh-red color. It differs from gneiss in not having the mica in planes, and therefore in being destitute of a schistose structure

  2. Origin: [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See Grain.]


  1. Granite

    Granite is a common type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock which is granular and phaneritic in texture. This rock consists mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. Occasionally some individual crystals are larger than the groundmass, in which case the texture is known as porphyritic. A granitic rock with a porphyritic texture is sometimes known as a porphyry. Granites can be pink to gray in color, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy. By definition, granite is an igneous rock with at least 20% quartz by volume. Granite differs from granodiorite in that at least 35% of the feldspar in granite is alkali feldspar as opposed to plagioclase; it is the alkali feldspar that gives many granites a distinctive pink color. Outcrops of granite tend to form tors and rounded massifs. Granites sometimes occur in circular depressions surrounded by a range of hills, formed by the metamorphic aureole or hornfels. Granite is usually found in the continental plates of the Earth's crust. Granite is nearly always massive, hard and tough, and therefore it has gained widespread use as a construction stone. The average density of granite is between 2.65 and 2.75 g/cm³, its compressive strength usually lies above 200 MPa, and its viscosity near STP is 3-6 • 1019 Pa·s. Melting temperature is 1215 - 1260 °C.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Granite

    gran′it, n. an igneous crystalline rock, composed of grains of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and of a whitish, grayish, or reddish colour.—adj. Granit′ic, pertaining to, consisting of, or like granite.—n. Granitificā′tion.—adjs. Granit′iform, Gran′itoid, of the form of or resembling granite; Granolith′ic, composed of cement formed of pounded granite. [It. granito, granite, lit. grained—L. granum, grain.]

Editors Contribution

  1. granite

    Is a type of rock created in a variety of color, composition and texture.

    Granite is extensively used as a dimension stone and as worktop surfaces, flooring tiles in public and commercial buildings and monuments.

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Anagrams for granite »

  1. angrite, ingrate, tangier, Tangier, tearing

  2. Angrite

  3. Tangier


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of granite in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of granite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Perry:

    Granite Staters want to see you often, two or three times isn't enough.

  2. Heywood Broun:

    Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.

  3. David Waldrep:

    We have a 500-pound slab of granite that’s been cut at two different angles, water runs up and down it 24/7.

  4. Artur Mas:

    We are using the election as a last resort because the different paths that different parties have tried have ended up smashing against a granite wall of incomprehension.

  5. Patrick Murray:

    As Granite State voters start to firm up their decision, it's looking more and more unlikely that Trump will be toppled from his perch. The real fight is for second place.

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