Definition of Granite

1. Noun. Plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz.

Terms within: Atomic Number 14, Si, Silicon
Generic synonyms: Batholite, Batholith, Pluton, Plutonic Rock
Derivative terms: Granitic



2. Noun. Something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness). "A man of granite"
Generic synonyms: Firmness, Steadiness
Derivative terms: Granitic

Definition of Granite

1. n. 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.

Definition of Granite

1. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Granite

1. a type of rock [n -S] : GRANITIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Granite

1. A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a whitish, grayish, or flesh-red colour. It differs from gneiss in not having the mica in planes, and therefor in being destitute of a schistose structure. Varieties containing hornblende are common. See also the Note under Mica. Gneissoid granite, granite in which the mica has traces of a regular arrangement. Graphic granite, granite consisting of quartz and feldspar without mica, and having the quartz crystals so arranged in the transverse section like oriental characters. Porphyritic granite, granite containing feldspar in distinct crystals. Hornblende granite, or Syenitic granite, granite containing hornblende as well as mica, or, according to some authorities hornblende replacing the mica. Granite ware. A kind of stoneware. A Kind of ironware, coated with an enamel resembling granite. Origin: It. Granito granite, adj, grainy, p. P. Of granire to make grainy, fr. L. Granum grain; cf. F. Granit. See Grain. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Granite

grangerization
grangerizations
grangerize
grangerized
grangerizes
grangerizing
grangers
granges
graniferous
graniform
granilla
granins
granisetron
granita
granitas
granite (current term)
granitelike
granites
graniteware
granitewares
granitic
granitical
granitification
granitiform
granitoid
granivore
granivores
granivorous
grannam
grannams

Literary usage of Granite

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1906)
"A dark basic eruptive dike, approximately 300 feet wide and having a general northwest trend, penetrates the granite at this point. The same granite is ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"He infers that the granite must have slowly and irregularly eaten its way ... For a mile or more the stratified beds next the granite have been altered into ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Present and prospective resources granite, Limestone, Marble, Sandstone, Slate. ... Dolomite, Gneiss, granite, Limestone, Volcanic Rocks and Tuffs. ..."

4. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1860)
"Mr. Bell had referred to the incised ornamentation of granite. ... Referring to the quarries from which the beautiful Cheesewring granite was obtained, ..."

5. Bulletin (1884)
"granite, Gneiss, and Quartzite. The relation of the granite and its associated foliated rocks to the schists of the Iron district is a problem of great ..."

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