Definition of granular in English:



  • 1Resembling or consisting of small grains or particles.

    • ‘This in turn seems to encourage producers to use better-quality coffee beans so that the finished product gains a double aroma and flavour advantage over the powder and granular style.’
    • ‘Soylife is the only soy product on the U.S. market that offers the complete nutritional profile of soy germ in three powder forms: granular, flour or extra fine flour.’
    • ‘In its pure form, calcium oxide occurs as white crystals, white or gray lumps, or a white granular powder.’
    • ‘Field observations of brittly deformed granular rock have shown that the extent and magnitude of fault-related damage zone strain is influenced by the distribution of fault slip.’
    • ‘In the MI pictures of the targets on Uchben, for example, the scientists have found some intriguing granular, sand-size particles.’
    • ‘Tillage helps to break down the compact structure of the soil, providing granular soil particles more favorable to root development and planting slit closure.’
    • ‘The ideal structure of topsoil is granular, crumb-size groupings of soil particles and plenty of pore spaces.’
    • ‘Because of the fragmentation of nuclei and the disruption of cellular membranes, coarse granular particles are formed.’
    • ‘If it is a powdery, granular material, it will be removed with the vacuum.’
    • ‘Activated charcoal filters used for home water treatment contain either granular activated charcoal or powdered block charcoal.’
    • ‘The researchers think this lessening of friction may occur among the grains in granular flows, such as snow cascading down a mountainside.’
    • ‘That question puzzles physicists studying the collective motion of small particles - such as sand - because granular materials can act in ways similar to all three states of matter.’
    • ‘Alumina is a fine white granular powder, which is exported to aluminium smelters for processing into aluminium metal.’
    • ‘Snowflakes comprise the familiar loose aggregates of ice crystals which often adopt a hexagonal and branched form; there are also snow and ice pellets, snow grains, granular snow, and ice prisms.’
    • ‘Activated charcoal filters are available in several forms: granular; powdered; powdered coated paper; and pressed charcoal block.’
    • ‘The granular particles in such products are designed to do the work for you.’
    • ‘Crystals to 3 cm are reported, although most cubanite occurs in isolated grains, granular masses, or thin lamellae in chalcopyrite.’
    • ‘Its flesh is crisp and slightly granular, with a strong aroma and a sharp but agreeable flavour.’
    • ‘In the dry state, granular soil particles can be easily separated and identified.’
    • ‘The settlements above and lateral to the tunnels in plastic clays of soft to medium consistency are relatively larger than in stiffer, more brittle cohesive granular soils.’
    powder, powdered, powdery, grainy, granulated, gritty, sandy
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    1. 1.1Having a roughened surface or structure.
      • ‘Sold by the roll, these products are made of layered neoprene rubber, often with a granular surface bonded to the top side.’
      • ‘The spines have a granular surface, do not show growth lines, and were probably solid.’
      • ‘In the more densely populated areas, roads normally consist of dual carriageway granular pavements with asphalt surfaces.’
      • ‘In mucosal edema the surface has a granular appearance or appears to be ‘dry’ so that it does not glisten.’
      • ‘The pavements comprised thick asphalt surface layers over unbound granular material.’
      • ‘Intraoral squamous cell carcinoma may present with a similar tongue lesion, though it typically has a rough, granular surface.’
      • ‘Then he characterized the paper support as a granular surface of impenetrable dark green.’
      • ‘Each granular layer beneath the asphalt concrete surface should be carefully compacted by power driven equipment until the rear tires of a fully loaded dump truck do not sink at all into the surface.’
      • ‘Many watercolour papers have granular surfaces which help provide variations of light and half-light.’
      • ‘White's hands were pressed against some loose, granular surface.’
      • ‘In some trials, a layer of non-woven geotextile material was laid over the snow before adding a final layer of granular material to form the rolling surface; the intent was to facilitate debris removal.’
      • ‘Unabashedly physical, the surfaces of his canvases luxuriate in a granular abundance of color.’
      • ‘The product which is very suitable for elderly people and children is a special floor covering made up of a fine surface texture with a non slip plastic granular coating.’
      • ‘I read that Aspergillus have rough or granular surfaces like this picture.’
      • ‘Is it the sound of the dancer's shoe against a gritty surface or the granular irritation in the field of vision that Miro placed time and again as an affront to bourgeois sensibility?’
      • ‘He painted a bright red circle onto the granular surface of the sandpaper.’
  • 2technical Characterized by a high level of granularity.

    ‘a granular database’
    • ‘For end users, this means a granular level of control over their own telecom services and simple management of those services from any browser.’
    • ‘Even structured information in databases is subject to this process, as database software is now building in flexibility at the most granular level to move information from different servers or storage pools.’
    • ‘At a granular level, the movement-in-formation is moving in different directions.’
    • ‘Librarians' knowledge of metadata facilitates at a granular level control of, and access to, information.’
    • ‘If you've defined your objectives down to a granular level in advance, you'll always know what to measure and where to go from there.’


Late 18th century: from late Latin granulum (see granule) + -ar.