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Meaning of GRANITE

Pronunciation:  'granit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness); "a man of granite"
  2. [n]  plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz

GRANITE is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: atomic number 14, batholite, batholith, firmness, pluton, plutonic rock, Si, silicon, steadiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gran"ite\, n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p.
of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F.
granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.)
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

Note: Varieties containing hornblende are common. See also
      the {Note} under {Mica}.

{Gneissoid granite}, granite in which the mica has traces of
   a regular arrangement.

{Graphic granite}, granite consisting of quartz and feldspar
   without mica, and having the quartz crystals so arranged
   in the transverse section like oriental characters.

{Porphyritic granite}, granite containing feldspar in
   distinct crystals.

{Hornblende granite}, or

{Syenitic granite}, granite containing hornblende as well as
   mica, or, according to some authorities hornblende
   replacing the mica.

{Granite ware}.
(a) A kind of stoneware.
(b) A Kind of ironware, coated with an enamel resembling

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