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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adamant  \Ad"a*mant\  ([a^]d"[.a]*m[a^]nt),  n.  [OE.  adamaunt, 
  adamant,  diamond,  magnet,  OF  adamant,  L.  adamas,  adamantis 
  the  hardest  metal,  fr  Gr  'ada`mas,  -antos;  'a  priv.  + 
  dama^,n  to  tame,  subdue.  In  OE.,  from  confusion  with  L. 
  adamare  to  love,  be  attached  to  the  word  meant  also  magnet, 
  as  in  OF  and  LL  See  {Diamond},  {Tame}.] 
  1.  A  stone  imagined  by  some  to  be  of  impenetrable  hardness;  a 
  name  given  to  the  diamond  and  other  substances  of  extreme 
  hardness;  but  in  modern  mineralogy  it  has  no  technical 
  signification.  It  is  now  a  rhetorical  or  poetical  name  for 
  the  embodiment  of  impenetrable  hardness. 
 
  Opposed  the  rocky  orb  Of  tenfold  adamant,  his  ample 
  shield.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Lodestone;  magnet.  [Obs.]  ``A  great  adamant  of 
  acquaintance.''  --Bacon. 
 
  As  true  to  thee  as  steel  to  adamant.  --Greene. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adamant 
  adj  :  not  capable  of  being  swayed  or  diverted  from  a  course; 
  unsusceptible  to  persuasion;  "he  is  adamant  in  his 
  refusal  to  change  his  mind";  "Cynthia  was  inexorable; 
  she  would  have  none  of  him"-  W.Churchill;  "an 
  intransigent  conservative  opposed  to  every  liberal 
  tendancy"  [syn:  {adamantine},  {inexorable},  {intransigent}] 
  n  :  very  hard  native  crystalline  carbon  valued  as  a  gem  [syn:  {diamond}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Adamant,  VT 
  Zip  code(s):  05640 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Adamant 
  (Heb.  shamir),  Ezek.  3:9.  The  Greek  word  adamas  means  diamond. 
  This  stone  is  not  referred  to  but  corundum  or  some  kind  of  hard 
  steel.  It  is  an  emblem  of  firmness  in  resisting  adversaries  of 
  the  truth  (Zech.  7:12),  and  of  hard-heartedness  against  the 
  truth  (Jer.  17:1). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ADAMANT,  n.  A  mineral  frequently  found  beneath  a  corset.  Soluble  in 
  solicitate  of  gold. 
 
 




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