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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRANITE

In the afternoon got a fine round of angles from granite rocks.

The granite of the mountains is superior to the celebrated Quincy.

On the fourth day this changed, and we camped at the foot of a granite mountain.

The name of the stone you have just picked up happens to be granite.

You admire this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages.

She walked off, between the granite posts and along the curved drive.

Immediately he was running again, as a second bullet scored the granite wall.

A hill was coming to life, A granite cliff was growing animate.

Granite must not be frozen hard; it should have little lumps all through it.

Then he descended from the sky-lined pinnacles of granite to the plain.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from French granit(e) (17c.) or directly from Italian granito "granite," originally "grained," past participle of granire "granulate, make grainy," from grano "grain," from Latin granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). In reference to the appearance of the rock. Used figuratively for "hardness" (of the heart, head, etc.) from 1839. New Hampshire, U.S., has been the Granite State since at least 1825.

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