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

  • adj. Made of or resembling grain; granular.
  • adj. Resembling the grain of wood.
  • adj. Having a granular appearance due to the clumping of particles in the emulsion. Used of photographs and film.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling grains; granular.
  • adj. Coarsely ground or gritty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling grains; granular.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of grains or corn; full of kernels.

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

  • adj. composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency


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