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
The term granite, as used commercially, includes true granite and such allied rocks as syenite and gneiss.
The erupted rocks which have broken through and upheaved these strata have been elevated from depths that are wholly inaccessible to our research; they must, therefore, have existed under the silurian strata, and been composed of the same association of minerals which we term granite, augite, and quartzose porphyry, when they are made known to us by eruption through the surface.
He faced back to the road, his expression granite.
She looked at him, her expression granite, and then she started down the hill into Weed.
The artist engraving the powerful pictures onto the granite is a former
They're just a plain granite upright listing the missing crew and detailing what they did in the war and how they were lost.
While granite is still the most popular stone countertop, quartz beat it out in our latest Ratings, and more kitchen designers are giving it a look.
That granite is more of a beige – no pink countertops in our kitchen!
How much of Mike O'Dreamy's fear of a $300 Million piece of granite is mitigated by all of the core sampling that has already been done?
So what do you do if your suspect your granite is radioactive?