granular

[gran-yuh-ler]
adjective
1.
of the nature of granules; grainy.
2.
composed of or bearing granules or grains.
3.
showing a granulated structure.

Origin:
1785–95; granule + -ar1

granularity, noun
granularly, adverb
multigranular, adjective
nongranular, adjective
subgranular, adjective
subgranularly, adverb
subgranularity, noun
ungranular, adjective
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granular (ˈɡrænjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
2.  having a grainy or granulated surface
 
'granularly
 
adv

granularity (ˌɡrænjʊˈlærɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the state or quality of being grainy or granular
2.  the state or quality of being composed of many individual pieces or elements

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granular
1794, from L.L. granulum "granule," dim. of L. granum "grain." Replaced granulous (14c.).
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Medical Dictionary

granular gran·u·lar (grān'yə-lər)
adj.

  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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granularity definition

jargon, parallel
The size of the units of code under consideration in some context. The term generally refers to the level of detail at which code is considered, e.g. "You can specify the granularity for this profiling tool".
The most common computing use is in parallelism where "fine grain parallelism" means individual tasks are relatively small in terms of code size and execution time, "coarse grain" is the opposite. You talk about the "granularity" of the parallelism.
The smaller the granularity, the greater the potential for parallelism and hence speed-up but the greater the overheads of synchronisation and communication.
(1997-05-08)

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Example sentences
The new monitoring stations should allow such granularity.
With a three point system including corporatist you get this level of
  granularity.
Abstraction and granularity is mixed with intelligence.
These ontologies cover unrelated or overlapping domains, at different levels of
  detail and granularity.
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