Granular vs Demilune - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between granular and demilune

is that granular is consisting of, or resembling, granules or grains; as, a granular substance grainy granular limestone, crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure while demilune is (of furniture) in the shape of a half-moon, ie semicircular.

As a noun demilune is

a fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.

granular

English

(Granularity)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Consisting of, or resembling, granules or grains; as, a granular substance. Grainy. Granular limestone, crystalline limestone, or marble, having a granular structure.
  • * 1790, Abraham Mills, Some Strata in Ireland and Scotland,'' in ''Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 80
  • This Whyn Dyke is bare at the cliffs ?everal yards in height, and is near nine feet in width. It con?i?ts of an inner part of a granular and ?omewhat porous texture...

    Usage notes

    A common usage error is to treat the term "granular" as having a well-defined degree from fine to coarse, as in "more granular" or "less granular". Such usage is problematic for two reasons: * The essential characteristic of being granular is that something appears to be composed of small, discrete entities as opposed to being continuous or monolithic, and this is primarily a binary distinction, not a matter of degree. * The terms "more granular" and "less granular" are ambiguous: it is not clear whether they intend to indicate finer or coarser granularity. For example, granular sugar is called granular because it is composed of relatively large grains, in contrast with powdered sugar, whose grains are so small that they are not noticeable. Thus, in reference to sugar, "more granular" refers to coarser'' granularity.Corriher, Shirley O.; "The Brownie Chronicles", published in "The Elements of Chocolate", 2007. Retrieved 6-jan-2009 http://acselementsofchocolate.typepad.com/elements_of_chocolate/ACSBrownieChronicles.html Similarly, if a photograph is grainier or "more granular", it means that the grain particles are larger (coarser) and thus more distinctly visible.Multimedia Commons Scanning; University of Southern California. Retrieved 6-Jan-2009 http://www.usc.edu/libraries/locations/leavey/tutorials/assets/scanning.pdf On the other hand, "more granular" is sometimes used in exactly the opposite way: to indicate ''finer , more plentiful grains or divisions.Foley, Mary Jo; "Microsoft to roll out more granular 'porn mode' with IE 8", ZDNet.com, 25-Aug-2008. Retrieved 6-Jan-2009 http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1550 This usage error can be avoided by referring specifically to finer'' or ''coarser granularity.

    Synonyms

    *granulous

    Derived terms

    * granularity

    References

    * * * Merriam-Webster OnLine 2008 ----

    demilune

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (of furniture) In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=February 9, author=Wendy Moonan, title=Relics of the 19th Century, in a Sentimental Mood, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=A handsome pair of tall, walnut-veneered Biedermeier bookcases from Austria, circa 1835, can be had from Iliad Antik of New York for $95,000, while Clinton Howell of New York has a rare pair of marquetry inlaid demilune consoles that he attributes to the workshop of John Linnell of England, circa 1755. }}

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.
  • (biology) A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.