1. of the nature of granules; grainy.
  2. composed of or bearing granules or grains.
  3. showing a granulated structure.
  4. highly detailed; having many small and distinct parts: data analysis on a granular level.


  1. the state or quality of being grainy or granular
  2. the state or quality of being composed of many individual pieces or elements


  1. of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
  2. having a grainy or granulated surface

1794, from Late Latin granulum “granule,” diminutive of Latin granum “grain, seed” (see corn (n.1)) + -ar. Replaced granulous (late 14c.). Related: Granularity.


  1. Composed or appearing to be composed of granules or grains.
  2. Relating to or containing particles having a strong affinity for nuclear stains, as in certain bacteria.
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