Word of the Day: Granular

Granular definition

Peter Thiel: “There are a lot of very granular questions that we need to be asking [about global trade and specifically US-China trade.”

Granularity is a measure of the degree of specificity at issue. As Henry points out, this is a metaphor.

How big a grain size do you want? You can speak of fine-grained, medium-grained, or coarse-grained analyses or details. Fine-grained means that many minor details are accounted for; coarse-grained means it’s a Big Picture, with lots of generalizations and few details.

Being specific is not always so important as having just the right granularity.

Answer by John Lawler


A source: Stack