Origin of graniteItalian granito, granite, literally , grained from past participle of granire, to reduce to grains from grano from Classical Latin granum, a seed, grain
Pieces of different colored granite.
The definition of granite is a hard light-colored igneous rock used for building and monuments.
An example of granite is the rock frequently used in a home's kitchen counters.
a very hard, coarsegrained, gray to pink, intrusive igneous rock, composed mainly of feldspar, quartz, mica, and hornblende
- A common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
- Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.
Origin of graniteItalian granito from past participle of granire to make grainy from grano grain from Latin grānum ; see g&rlowring;ə-no- in Indo-European roots.
- gra·nit′ic gran′it·oid′
- Other important granite quarries are near Williamstown, Dummerston, Berlin and Woodbury.
- Ungava includes much of the lower portion of Labrador, with a rim of recent marine deposits along its western coast, but the interior has the usual character of low rocky hills of Archean rocks, especially granite and gneiss, with a long band of little disturbed iron-bearing rocks, resembling the Animikie, or Upper Huronian of the Lake Superior region, near its eastern side.
- Wide, built of granite and white limestone in the Italian Renaissance style, with 70 large Ionic columns, and a dome 205 ft.
- Lee, surmounting a lofty granite pedestal at the head of Franklin Street.
- The value of the building stone increased from $150,000 in 1892 to $800,177 (of which $764,272 was the value of granite) in 1908.