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ˈgræn ɪtgran·ite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. granitenoun

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

  2. granitenoun

    something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness)

    "a man of granite"


  1. granitenoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Granitenoun

    A stone composed of separate and very large concretions, rudely compacted together; of great hardness, giving fire with steel; not fermenting with acids, and imperfectly calcinable in a great fire. The hard white granite with black spots, commonly called moor-stone, forms a very firm, and though rude, yet beautifully variegated mass. It is found in immense strata in Ireland, but not used there. In Cornwal and the adjacent counties it is found on the surface of the earth in prodigious masses, and brought in great quantities to London, where it is used for the steps of publick buildings. Hard red granite, variegated with black and white, now called oriental granite, is valuable for its extreme hardness and beauty, and capable of a most elegant polish. It is common in Egypt and Arabia, and is also found in the West of England little inferiour. The vulgar opinion of their being cast out of various fragments of marble, because they appear composed of particles or granules of different colours, is easily confuted by an accurate inspection of the structure and formation of those granules, the least and meanest of which no human art could ever compose, nor fire leave in the state in which we see them. A third sort of granite has a beautiful variegation of colours, red, white, black and yellow, and capable of an elegant polish: it is little inferiour in beauty to the oriental granite, and there are immense strata of it in Minorca. Detached nodules of it, two or three foot in circumference, are also frequent on the shores of Guernsey, from whence it is brought as ballast, and used in paving our streets. John Hill on Fossils.

    Etymology: granit, Fr. from granum, Lat. because consisting as it were of grains, or small distinct particles.

    Alabaster, marble of divers colours, both simple and mixed, the opulites, porphyry, and the granite. John Woodward.

    There are still great pillars of granite, and other fragments of this ancient temple. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. Granite

    Granite ( (UK) or (US) is a coarse-grained (phaneritic) intrusive igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. It forms from magma with a high content of silica and alkali metal oxides that slowly cools and solidifies underground. It is common in the continental crust of Earth, where it is found in igneous intrusions. These range in size from dikes only a few centimeters across to batholiths exposed over hundreds of square kilometers. Granite is typical of a larger family of granitic rocks, or granitoids, that are composed mostly of coarse-grained quartz and feldspars in varying proportions. These rocks are classified by the relative percentages of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase (the QAPF classification), with true granite representing granitic rocks rich in quartz and alkali feldspar. Most granitic rocks also contain mica or amphibole minerals, though a few (known as leucogranites) contain almost no dark minerals. Granite is nearly always massive (lacking any internal structures), hard, and tough. These properties have made granite a widespread construction stone throughout human history.


  1. granite

    Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock characterized by its granular and phaneritic in texture. It is primarily composed of quartz and feldspars, along with smaller amounts of various other minerals, such as mica. Due to its hard and durable nature, granite is commonly used in construction, for building materials and monuments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Granitenoun

    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. Etymology: [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 material.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on January 8, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Granite is ranked #78567 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Granite surname appeared 243 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Granite.

    95.4% or 232 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for granite »

  1. angrite

  2. ingrate

  3. tangier

  4. Tangier

  5. tearing

  6. tigrean

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  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

Examples of granite in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    Senator Morse has spent years fighting for Granite State families, working to lower taxes and reduce regulations that make it harder for us to grow the economy and give people the opportunities they deserve, he is one of the hardest working elected officials in New Hampshire and I'm proud to add him to our growing team in the state.

  2. Heywood Broun:

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

  3. Primo Levi:

    For me chemistry represented an indefinite cloud of future potentialities which enveloped my life to come in black volutes torn by fiery flashes, like those which had hidden Mount Sinai. Like Moses, from that cloud I expected my law, the principle of order in me, around me, and in the world. I would watch the buds swell in spring, the mica glint in the granite, my own hands, and I would say to myself: I will understand this, too, I will understand everything.

  4. Gandolfo - (RJ Intindola):

    Relationships, like an exquisite garden do not thrive on granite. Find the valley where the bright foliage permeates the landscape; this is where you plant the flowers.

  5. Rick Perry:

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

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