Something granular has a grainy texture. Granular sugar is the white kind you find in sugar bowls, and a sandy beach is very granular, too.

Anything that's made of tiny bits like sand or grain can be called granular. In fact, granular comes from the Latin word granum for "grain." Granular things can also be described as coarse and gritty. A smooth, shiny floor is the opposite of granular. When you see the word granular, think “grain of sand.” Or — “grain of sugar” if that’s more your style.

Definitions of granular
  1. adjective
    composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
    granular sugar”
    synonyms: coarse-grained, farinaceous, grainy, granulose, gritty, mealy
    coarse, harsh
    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  2. adjective
    having a granular structure like that of chondrites
    synonyms: chondritic
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    not having a granular structure
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