what's the difference between "granular" and "grainy"?

I'm interested in the differences between these two Words even if the differences are small. But I'm not interested in obvious differences like "they spell differently".

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  • 6 years ago
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    http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/granular '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. adj composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency.'

    http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/grainy ''grainy--Something that's grainy feels rough to the touch, as though it's made of many tiny pieces. A piece of rough sandpaper feels grainy. Cornmeal is grainy, and your floor will feel grainy under your bare feet after your family returns from the beach with sand on their shoes. Grainy things are gritty, textured with little bumps or grains. You'll be disappointed if your birthday cake has a grainy texture. The earliest, thirteenth-century meaning of grainy was "scarlet dye," a result of its Old French root, which had several meanings including "seed" and "berry." The Latin origin is granum, "seed, grain, or small kernel.".

    DEFINITIONS OF: grainy 1 adj composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency''.

    In a different context ''So apparently, grainy materials don't just flow but convect. ... But what drives the flow? In normal fluids, we saw earlier that convection is a result of buoyancy due to density differences between layers of the fluid at different temperatures. But all the particles in Nagel's granular medium have the same density—they are all''.. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9JL1GB4NIk0C&pg...

    Glass beads all the same size except for a few larger ones in a glass cylinder. Large bead rise vertically to the top, accompanied by small beads. Small beads rise at centre, descending at the edges just like fluid in convection cells.

    Grainy materials don't just flow but convect.

    All the Particles in Nagel's granular medium are the same density and are the same size.

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    Determine how much sugar you want to melt. Use white granular sugar, also known as table sugar. The amount of sugar you ... Sugar seizing is when sugar crystals form and the sugar takes on a grainy texture. If your sugar seizes, the only

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    Explore the new site now for activities, maps, interactives, videos, homework help , and .... New snow falls and buries this granular snow. ... Geologists can tell in what direction an ancient glacier moved by studying .... process where a glacier breaks apart into the ocean, creating icebergs. ... grainy ice that forms glaciers

    Not very clear cut. http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-the-meaning-of-...

    Source(s): Maybe http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=bFIqoZCJ9aEC&pg... . evidence that granular systems behave differently under different boundary loads. ... of real granular systems, and it is of considerable interest to see under what conditions ... but there are significant differences between solids, liquids and granular ... All of us have experienced the annoyance of trying to pour out a grainy ...
  • 6 years ago

    Something solid can be grainy - but if it is granular it means it is in (or composed of) small lumps or granules.

  • John
    Lv 5
    6 years ago

    granular is small dry lumps

    grainy is smaller lumps in a liquid or paste

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