Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Composed or appearing to be composed of granules or grains.
  • adjective Composed of many small elements rather than a few larger elements.
  • adjective Having a grainy texture.
  • adjective Biology Containing granules.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Composed of, containing, or bearing grains or granules; resembling grains or granules. Also granulose, granulous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of, or resembling, grains.
  • adjective crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Consisting of, or resembling, granules or grains; as, a granular substance. Grainy. Granular limestone, crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure.

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

  • adjective having a granular structure like that of chondrites
  • adjective composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From granule +‎ -ar. Compare French granulaire.

Examples

  • While RichCopy specialises in granular control over things like file names and attributes, CopyHandler allows you to get as picky as setting custom buffer sizes based on whether a file is being copied to the same physical disk, disk to disk, disk to optical drive, and so forth.

    Five Best Alternative File Copiers | Lifehacker Australia

  • Bob Somerby has catalogued in granular detail the press 'hatred of the Clintons, a hatred which was then transferred to Gore in 2000.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • (* Mordant chortle*) I'd LOVE to hear her delineate in granular detail the protectionist measures she thinks might be necessary.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Yesterday he went on for about 10 minutes straight, in granular detail, citing all the numbers of buses, people, and provisions that are coming into New Orleans to help with evacuation and post-storm relief.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Yesterday he went on for about 10 minutes straight, in granular detail, citing all the numbers of buses, people, and provisions that are coming into New Orleans to help with evacuation and post-storm relief.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Bob Somerby has catalogued in granular detail the press 'hatred of the Clintons, a hatred which was then transferred to Gore in 2000.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • (* Mordant chortle*) I'd LOVE to hear her delineate in granular detail the protectionist measures she thinks might be necessary.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • None of their other variations in granular or packet form contain lactose, and I checked several other competitors and found no lactose there either.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • None of their other variations in granular or packet form contain lactose, and I checked several other competitors and found no lactose there either.

    Lactose in Sweeteners

  • The first tier of the brick wall of the squamous cells is called the granular layer, where the soft keratin of the skin is made as opposed to the hard keratin of nails and hair.

    Simple Skin Beauty

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  • OpenID, RapLeaf, Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Undisposable. All of these services have one thing in common - they make web development more granular. By granular, we mean they are making web development componentized and outsourceable. (Read / Write Web)

    (heavy, heavy buzzword action)

    October 17, 2007

  • Indeed. My head's buzzing from all the buzzwords.

    October 17, 2007

  • Contributing my first random association.

    December 28, 2008

  • Uses I don't quite understand:

    The user control is granular, allowing unlimited use or timed use. — Wi-Fi Networking News

    "I want (the city budget) to be as transparent and granular ..."

    "Tricryption meets their requirements for transparent and granular security that allows dynamic controls over variable user groups." -- Eruces Data Security

    September 15, 2009