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  1. grainy
  2. adjective

    • 1. granular:

      soft cheese with a slightly grainy texture
    • 2. showing visible grains of emulsion, as characteristic of old photographs or modern high-speed film.

    • 3. (of sound, especially recorded music) having a rough or gravelly quality:

      the grainy sound of bootleg cassettes
    • 4. (of wood) having prominent grain.