grainy
adjective (grainier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. resembling or having some characteristic of grain ; not smooth or fine 2. of a photograph appearing to be composed of grain-like particles • graininess noun

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  • Grainy — Grain y (gr[=a]n [y^]), a. Resembling grains; granular. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grainy — 1610s, from GRAIN (Cf. grain) + Y (Cf. y) (2). In M.E., grain also was used as an adjective, like grain, lumpy, spotted (early 15c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grainy — ► ADJECTIVE (grainier, grainiest) 1) granular. 2) (of a photograph) showing visible grains of emulsion. 3) (of wood) having prominent grain. DERIVATIVES graininess noun …   English terms dictionary

  • grainy — [grān′ē] adj. grainier, grainiest 1. having a clearly defined grain: said of textures or surfaces, as of wood 2. consisting of grains; coarsely textured; granular graininess n …   English World dictionary

  • grainy — UK [ˈɡreɪnɪ] / US adjective Word forms grainy : adjective grainy comparative grainier superlative grainiest 1) grainy photographs or films are not clear and look as if they are made up of small spots, usually because they are old photographs shot …   English dictionary

  • grainy — [[t]gre͟ɪni[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A grainy photograph looks as if it is made up of lots of spots, which make the lines or shapes in it difficult to see. ...grainy black and white photos. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Grainy means having a rough surface or… …   English dictionary

  • grainy — grain|y [ greıni ] adjective 1. ) grainy photographs or movies are not clear and look as if they are made up of small spots, usually because they are old: photographs shot with grainy black and white film 2. ) a grainy substance or surface has… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grainy — adj. Grainy is used with these nouns: ↑photograph, ↑picture …   Collocations dictionary

  • grainy — grain|y [ˈgreıni] adj a photograph that is grainy has a rough appearance, as if the images are made up of spots …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grainy — adjective a photograph that is grainy has a rough appearance, as if the images are made up of spots …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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