Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
  • n. Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of igneous and plutonic rocks composed primarily of feldspar and quartz. Usually contains one or more dark minerals, which may be mica, pyroxene, or amphibole. Granite is quarried for building stone, road gravel, decorative stone, and tombstones. Common colors are gray, white, pink, and yellow-brown.
  • n. Toughness; the quality of having a thick skin or being rough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a whitish, grayish, or flesh-red color. It differs from gneiss in not having the mica in planes, and therefore in being destitute of a schistose structure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rock composed of orthoclase-feldspar, mica, and quartz, and having a thoroughly crystalline-granular texture.
  • n. A kind of rough-grained water-ice or sherbet. Also called rock-punch and rock ice-cream. See the extract.
  • n. Same as granite-ware
  • n. In the quantitative system of classification (1902), it is proposed to apply the term granite for field purposes to all phanerocrystalline rocks composed of quartz and feldspar of any kind, with mica, hornblende, or other ferromagnesian mineral, if present in subordinate amounts. See rock.
  • n. A granite containing two micas: the granite proper of some authors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness)
  • n. plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz

Etymologies

Italian granito, from past participle of granire, to make grainy, from grano, grain, from Latin grānum; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French granit ("granite"), from Italian granito ("granite"), from granire ("to granulate"), from grano ("grain"), from Latin granum ("grain"). Compare granita. (Wiktionary)

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    March 18, 2008