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granular Explained

granular at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


granular at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1794, from L.L. granulum "granule," dim. of L. granum "grain." Replaced granulous (14c.). ///

granular at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj consisting of granules//

granular at Spanish => English Of Explained:

granular, granulate

granular at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "granular":
arenaceous, arenarious, atomic, breccial, brecciated, coarse,
coarse-grained, comminuted, corpuscular, cross-grained, embryonic,
evanescent, germinal, grained, grainy, granulate, granulated,
gravelly, gritty, gross, impalpable, imperceptible, imponderable,
inappreciable, indiscernible, infinitesimal, intangible, invisible,
microcosmic, microscopic, molecular, pebbled, pebbly, rough,
sabulous, sandy, shingled, shingly, subatomic, tenuous, thin,
ultramicroscopic, unrefined, unseeable

granular at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Powder): powdery, granular, mealy, floury, farinaceous, pulverized, dusty, sandy, gritty, friable, crumbly.

granular at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

consisting of small GRANULES; looking or feeling like a collection of GRANULES

Granular at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Granular \Gran"u*lar\, a. [Cf. F. granulaire. See {Granule}.]
Consisting of, or resembling, grains; as, a granular

{Granular limestone}, crystalline limestone, or marble,
having a granular structure.

granular at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: composed of or covered with relatively large particles;
"granular sugar"; "gritty sand" [syn: {farinaceous}, {coarse-grained},
{grainy}, {granulose}, {gritty}, {mealy}, {sandy}]
2: having a granular structure like that of chondrites [syn: {chondritic}]
[ant: {achondritic}]

granular at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedia » Granularity


From Inter: suffix » granule|ar. Compare French Inter: term » granulaire|lang=fr.


Inter: en-ad » j
  • Consisting of, or resembling, granules or grains; as, a granular substance. Grainy. Granular limestone, crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure.
    1. 1790, Abraham Mills, Some Strata in Ireland and Scotland, in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 80
    2. : This Whyn Dyke is bare at the cliffs ſeveral yards in height, and is near nine feet in width. It conſiſts of an inner part of a granular and ſomewhat porous texture...

      Usage notes

      A common usage error is to treat the term "granular" as having a well-defined degree from fine to coarse, as in "more granular" or "less granular". Such usage is problematic for two reasons:

  • The essential characteristic of being granular is that something appears to be composed of small, discrete entities as opposed to being continuous or monolithic, and this is primarily a binary distinction, not a matter of degree.
  • The terms "more granular" and "less granular" are ambiguous: it is not clear whether they intend to indicate finer or coarser granularity. For example, granular sugar is called granular because it is composed of relatively large grains, in contrast with powdered sugar, whose grains are so small that they are not noticeable. Thus, in reference to sugar, "more granular" refers to coarser granularity.Corriher, Shirley O.; "The Brownie Chronicles", published in "The Elements of Chocolate", 2007. Retrieved 6-jan-2009 Similarly, if a photograph is grainier or "more granular", it means that the grain particles are larger (coarser) and thus more distinctly visible.Multimedia Commons Scanning; University of Southern California. Retrieved 6-Jan-2009 On the other hand, "more granular" is sometimes used in exactly the opposite way: to indicate finer, more plentiful grains or divisions.Foley, Mary Jo; "Microsoft to roll out more granular 'porn mode' with IE 8",, 25-Aug-2008. Retrieved 6-Jan-2009

  • This usage error can be avoided by referring specifically to finer or coarser granularity.

    Derived terms

    * granularity

    Related terms

    * coarse-grained
    • fine-grained
    • grain
    • granulate
    • granulation
    • granule


      Inter: trans-top » consisting of, or resembling, grains
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|rakeinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|granuleux

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1
    • Merriam-Webster OnLine 2008



    Inter: es-adj » f=granular|mpl=granulares|fpl=granulares
  • granular


    Inter: es-verb » granul|ar

  • to granulate


    Inter: es-conj-ar » granul

  • Translation: ar » granular
    Translation: ca » granular
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    Translation: fr » granular
    Translation: gl » granular
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    Translation: io » granular
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    Translation: my » granular
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    Translation: ro » granular
    Translation: fi » granular
    Translation: sv » granular
    Translation: ta » granular
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    Translation: zh » granular