- The definition of granular is something made up of grains or particles, or something with a rough surface.
- Sugar that is made up of tiny little individual particles is an example of granular sugar.
- A driveway with a rough surface and different gravel particles is an example of a granular surface.
This sugar is granular.
- containing or consisting of grains or granules
- like grains or granules
- having a grainy surface
Origin of granular; from Late Latin granulum (see granule) + -ar
- Composed or appearing to be composed of granules or grains: granular sugar; granular snow.
- a. Having a high level of detail, as in a set of data: a more granular report that shows daily rather than weekly sales figures.b. Consisting of multiple diverse or discrete elements: granular income streams from a variety of tenants.
- Biology Containing granules: granular cells.
(comparative more granular, superlative most granular)
- Consisting of, or resembling, granules or grains; as, a granular substance. Grainy. Granular limestone, crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure.
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. Similarly, if a photograph is grainier or "more granular", it means that the grain particles are larger (coarser) and thus more distinctly visible. On the other hand, "more granular" is sometimes used in exactly the opposite way: to indicate finer, more plentiful grains or divisions.
This usage error can be avoided by referring specifically to finer or coarser granularity.