a.1.Having a rough grain or fiber; hence, figuratively, having coarse traits of character; not polished; brisque.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In addition, my ungainly technique caused the sharp pen points which we dipped into actual inkwells nestled into the desktops to rip into my rough-grained, lined practice sheets.
The seat leather is overprocessed, and the plastics are rigid and rough-grained. Toyota and Audi have nothing to fear in here.
Nonetheless, its investigations are at times rough-grained and incomplete without further attention to the mechanics of public argument.
When we make moral judgments on the basis of rough-grained markers, such as large social group membership, we necessarily must eliminate or diminish morally relevant differences among members of a group.
The rough-grained approach that Walzer adopts is both conceptually flawed and morally unsettling.
In recasting the principle of discrimination as a fine-grained rather than a rough-grained basis for drawing distinctions, I will urge that we greatly limit who can be legitimately attacked.
What I object to is the rough-grained use of this category to determine who can be justifiably attacked in wars.
But in other cases, such as when viewing a naked soldier taking a bath, where one is far removed from the soldier and he is unaware of our presence and not at all trying to harm us, it seems clear that the principle of humaneness would dictate that such a soldier should not be killed, even though he is truly a member of the group "combatants." (34) The framework, which is based on rough-grained considerations, can only be the sole thing appealed to when the fine-grained determination of particular circumstances is somehow blocked--for instance, in emergencies.
Critical Thinking: Why do you think rough-grained sand is better for building sandcastles than smooth-grained?
For example, the Research Libraries Group's Conspectus was a new (as of the 1980s), rough-grained classification of knowledge through which libraries could categorize the strength of their holdings and signal their collecting intentions in order to then define cooperative policy and practice.
He explained: "The most obvious is to build them with a quieter surface - rough-grained tarmac makes more noise than the smoother variety.
Is "class" too abstract, and - simultaneously - too rough-grained to be a useful category of historical analysis?