American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a rough, coarse texture.
- adj. Not refined; indelicate and crude.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of large particles, fibers, or constituent elements: as, coarse-grained granite or wood.
- Wanting in refinement, delicacy, or sensibility; vulgar: as, a coarse-grained nature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a coarse grain or texture, as wood; hence, wanting in refinement.
- adj. composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
- adj. not having a fine texture
- From coarse + grained. (Wiktionary)
“Although the plume has risen to the same height as it did when it first caused mass disruption of air traffic across Europe, this time the ash particles are much more coarse-grained, so the cloud won't travel as easily, the expert said, adding that aircraft could be rerouted to avoid the cloud.”
“Seanas: Dry, coarse-grained snow at the bottom of the snow pack.”
“The starters include such regular dishes as a plate of coarse-grained smoked sausages and cornichons, along with an accomplished Andalusian gazpacho with piquillo peppers and garlic.”
“It is, however, better to have a coarse-grained understanding that none at all.”
“Just to be clear: I think doing these comparisons by states is a coarse-grained exercise in foolishness.”
“The coarse-grained sandalwood was so tough it made her arms ache to chip it, but with each laborious push of the rasp, it propelled a zephyr of warm, clean, forest air past her nose, an invisible vapor that sang to her of the pad of the tiger's paw upon dry leaves, upon fallen parrot nests and dark Madras moss.”
“The universality and simplicity of these relationships, together with emergent “universal” invariants, suggest that fundamental constraints underly much of the coarse-grained generic structure and organisation of living systems.”
“The quartz diorites are: some medium-grained, some coarse-grained (quartz-diorite-pegmatite), with streaks of black mica.”
“All the scenarios project that, by 2100, the active-layer thickness is likely to increase by up to 1 m in areas occupied by coarse-grained material and rocks with high thermal conductivity, and by up to 0.5 m throughout the rest of the region (Fig. 6.26).”
“Granulated sugar comes in various crystal sizes from coarse-grained sugars, such as sanding sugar also called “pearl sugar,” “decorating sugar,” nibbed sugar, or sugar nibs, which adds “sparkle” and is used to decorate pastries.”
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