granite
noun Etymology: Italian granito, from past participle of granire to granulate, from grano grain, from Latin granum Date: 1646 1. a very hard natural igneous rock formation of visibly crystalline texture formed essentially of quartz and orthoclase or microcline and used especially for building and for monuments 2. unyielding firmness or endurance <
the cold granite of Puritan formalism — V. L. Parrington
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granitelike adjectivegranitic adjectivegranitoid adjective

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  • Granite — Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Granite — (lat. granis: ‚Korn‘, ‚Körnung‘) steht für: Sammelbegriff der verschiedenen Arten von Granit Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Granite (Colorado) Granite (Iowa) Granite (Maryland) Granite (Oklahoma) Granite (Oregon) Granite Shoals (Texas) Siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • granite — (n.) 1640s, from Fr. granit(e) (17c.) or directly from It. granito granite, originally grained, pp. of granire granulate, make grainy, from grano grain, from L. granum grain (see CORN (Cf. corn) (1)). In reference to the appearance of the rock.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • granite — [gran′it] n. [It granito, granite, lit., grained, pp. of granire, to reduce to grains < grano < L granum, a seed, GRAIN] a very hard, coarsegrained, gray to pink, intrusive igneous rock, composed mainly of feldspar, quartz, mica, and… …   English World dictionary

  • granite — ► NOUN ▪ a very hard rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. DERIVATIVES granitic adjective. ORIGIN from Italian granito grained …   English terms dictionary

  • Granite — For other uses, see Granite (disambiguation). Granite Igneous Rock Granite containing potassium feldspar, plagioclase feldspar, quartz, and biotite and/or amphibole Composi …   Wikipedia

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  • granite — granit [ granit ] n. m. VAR. didact. granite • 1611; it. granito « grenu » → grain ♦ Roche magmatique dure, formée de cristaux de feldspath, de quartz et de mica ou d amphibole. Le granit à texture grenue se présente en massif, en filons. Granit… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • granité — granit [ granit ] n. m. VAR. didact. granite • 1611; it. granito « grenu » → grain ♦ Roche magmatique dure, formée de cristaux de feldspath, de quartz et de mica ou d amphibole. Le granit à texture grenue se présente en massif, en filons. Granit… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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