Definition of granite in English:



mass noun
  • A very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone.

    as modifier ‘granite columns’
    figurative ‘a man with granite determination’
    • ‘Geologically, all three are granite and each of them has been rich in mineral deposits now largely exhausted.’
    • ‘It includes a variety of rocks, such as basalt, granite, gneiss, quartzite, slate, and schist.’
    • ‘Limestone, granite and marble are frequently used to create simple, bowl-shaped designs that have a strong sculptural presence.’
    • ‘This technique would, however, have been unsuitable for the extraction of harder stones such as granite.’
    • ‘Higher, steeper slopes of the Vosges have thin topsoil, with subsoils of weathered gneiss, granite, sandstone, schist, and volcanic sediments.’
    • ‘I spent a lot of time on the beach picking up little pieces of mica and quartz and granite that I thought looked interesting.’
    • ‘The temple was made from 2 differed types of stone: limestone and granite.’
    • ‘Limestone, granite, and marble are the most commonly used building stones.’
    • ‘Pine units are fitted at ground and eye-level, topped by granite worktops and a tiled splashback.’
    • ‘Some gem minerals have crystallized directly from igneous rocks other than granite; peridot is a good example.’
    • ‘In a wash below the homesteads is a tool making site… discarded flints of granite, quartz and calcrete ornament the bare sandy soil.’
    • ‘They are typically produced from limestone, crystalline rocks (including granite and dolerite), and sandstones.’
    • ‘Finally the hardest stones such as granite and porphyry require the most tempered steel tools.’
    • ‘These domes are composed of pelitic schists and gneisses folded around a core of K-feldspar granite and granitic gneiss.’
    • ‘The views from these heights are simply stunning, with glacial ice fields and granite peaks as far as the eye can see.’
    • ‘Jim purchases crushed granite and then remoulds the granite into specific products, with their own individual style and look.’
    • ‘New surfaces are made from chemical compounds and are designed to mimic granite, limestone, marble, slate, or soapstone.’
    • ‘The most handsome and timeless of materials is stone such as marble, granite, limestone, or slate.’
    • ‘I have used granite, sandstone and quartz type rocks and am continually placing rocks in various parts of the gardens to harness energies.’
    • ‘Cutting limestone and hard granite into huge blocks for building and carving sculptures in the round without the use of iron tools is an extremely difficult feat.’
    resolute, firm, fixed, steadfast, dogged, single-minded
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Mid 17th century: from Italian granito, literally ‘grained’, from grano ‘grain’, from Latin granum.