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gran·ite

 (grăn′ĭt)
n.
1. A common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
2. Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.

[Italian granito, from past participle of granire, to make grainy, from grano, grain, from Latin grānum; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.]

gra·nit′ic (gră-nĭt′ĭk, grə-), gran′it·oid′ (grăn′ĭ-toid′) adj.

granite

(ˈɡrænɪt)
n
1. (Geological Science) 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
2. great hardness, endurance, or resolution
3. (Curling) another name for a stone9
[C17: from Italian granito grained, from granire to grain, from grano grain, from Latin grānum]
ˈgranite-ˌlike adj
granitic, ˈgranitˌoid adj

gran•ite

(ˈgræn ɪt)

n.
1. a coarse-grained igneous rock composed chiefly of orthoclase and albite feldspars and of quartz, usu. with lesser amounts of one or more other minerals, as mica, hornblende, or augite.
2. something of great hardness, firmness, or durability.
[1640–50; < Italian. See grain, -ite1]
gra•nit•ic (grəˈnɪt ɪk) adj.

gran·ite

(grăn′ĭt)
A usually light-colored, coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is one of the most common rocks in the crust of continents. See Table at rock.

granite

An intrusive igneous rock rich in quartz and feldspar, often with mica.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.granite - plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texturegranite - plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz
atomic number 14, Si, silicon - a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors
batholite, batholith, pluton, plutonic rock - large mass of intrusive igneous rock believed to have solidified deep within the earth
2.granite - something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness); "a man of granite"
steadiness, firmness - the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place
Translations
الغرانيت: حَجَر الصُّوانجرانيت
žulažulový
granitgranit-
graniitti
granit
gránit
granít
みかげ石
화강암
granitasgranitinis
granīts
žulažulový
granit
หินแกรนิต
đá granite

granite

[ˈgrænɪt] Ngranito m

granite

[ˈgrænɪt]
ngranit m
modif [building, boulder, quarry] → de granit

granite

nGranit m

granite

[ˈgrænɪt] ngranito

granite

(ˈgrӕnit) noun, adjective
(of) a type of hard usually grey or red rock used for building. buildings of granite: granite hills.

granite

جرانيت žula granit Granit γρανίτης granito graniitti granit granit granito みかげ石 화강암 graniet granitt granit granito гранит granit หินแกรนิต granit đá granite 花岗岩
References in classic literature ?
As she rode alone, the fronds of breast-high ferns seemed to caress her with outstretched and gently-detaining hands; strange wildflowers sprang up through the parting underbrush; even the granite rocks that at times pressed closely upon the trail appeared as if cushioned to her contact with star-rayed mosses, or lightly flung after her long lassoes of delicate vines.
Endowed with commonsense, as massive and hard as blocks of granite, fastened together by stern rigidity of purpose, as with iron clamps, he followed out his original design, probably without so much as imagining an objection to it.
Its front is ornamented with a portico of half-a-dozen wooden pillars, supporting a balcony, beneath which a flight of wide granite steps descends towards the street Over the entrance hovers an enormous specimen of the American eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast, and, if I recollect aright, a bunch of intermingled thunder- bolts and barbed arrows in each claw.
Champollion deciphered the wrinkled granite hieroglyphics.
So they drove downtown and stopped before an imposing granite building, in which they interviewed an official, who had the papers all ready, with only the names to be filled in.
It is the granite formation, which lies deepest, and rises out, even to the tops of the highest mountains.
Niepce, a Frenchman, discovered "actinism," that power in the sun's rays which produces a chemical effect; that granite rocks, and stone structures, and statues of metal "are all alike destructively acted upon during the hours of sunshine, and, but for provisions of Nature no less wonderful, would soon perish under the delicate touch of the most subtle of the agencies of the universe.
No, MINDS -- the capablest in the world; a force against which mere animal might may no more hope to prevail than may the idle waves of the sea hope to prevail against the granite barriers of England.
The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion--and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings.
Upon the right and left, I was walled in by granite warehouses of the widest dimensions, stowed to their utmost capacity with the necessaries and comforts of life.
I had a good mind to ask an old man, in wire spectacles, who was breaking stones upon the road, to lend me his hammer for a little while, and let me begin to beat a path to Dora out of granite.
He read of the swallows that fly in and out of the little cafe at Smyrna where the Hadjis sit counting their amber beads and the turbaned merchants smoke their long tasselled pipes and talk gravely to each other; he read of the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde that weeps tears of granite in its lonely sunless exile and longs to be back by the hot, lotus-covered Nile, where there are Sphinxes, and rose-red ibises, and white vultures with gilded claws, and crocodiles with small beryl eyes that crawl over the green steaming mud; he began to brood over those verses which, drawing music from kiss-stained marble, tell of that curious statue that Gautier compares to a contralto voice, the "monstre charmant" that couches in the porphyry-room of the Louvre.