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agate


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agate  \A*gate"\,  adv  [Pref.  a-  on  +  gate  way.] 
  On  the  way  agoing;  as  to  be  agate;  to  set  the  bells  agate. 
  [Obs.]  --Cotgrave. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agate  \Ag"ate\,  n.  [F.  agate,  It  agata,  L.  achates  fr  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Min.)  A  semipellucid,  uncrystallized  variety  of  quartz, 
  presenting  various  tints  in  the  same  specimen.  Its  colors 
  are  delicately  arranged  in  stripes  or  bands,  or  blended  in 
  clouds. 
 
  Note:  The  fortification  agate,  or  Scotch  pebble,  the  moss 
  agate,  the  clouded  agate,  etc.,  are  familiar  varieties. 
 
  2.  (Print.)  A  kind  of  type  larger  than  pearl  and  smaller 
  than  nonpareil;  in  England  called  ruby. 
 
  Note:  This  line  is  printed  in  the  type  called  agate. 
 
  3.  A  diminutive  person;  so  called  in  allusion  to  the  small 
  figures  cut  in  agate  for  rings  and  seals.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  tool  used  by  gold-wire  drawers,  bookbinders,  etc.;  --  so 
  called  from  the  agate  fixed  in  it  for  burnishing. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chalcedony  \Chal*ced"o*ny\  (k[a^]l*s[e^]d"[-o]*n[y^]  or 
  k[a^]l"s[-e]*d[-o]*n[y^];  277),  n.;  pl  {Chalcedonies} 
  (-n[i^]z).  [  L.  chalcedonius  fr  Gr  CHalkhdw`n  Chalcedon,  a 
  town  in  Asia  Minor,  opposite  to  Byzantium:  cf  calc['e]doine, 
  OE  calcidoine  casidoyne  Cf  {Cassidony}.]  (Min.) 
  A  cryptocrystalline,  translucent  variety  of  quartz,  having 
  usually  a  whitish  color,  and  a  luster  nearly  like  wax. 
  [Written  also  {calcedony}.] 
 
  Note:  When  chalcedony  is  variegated  with  with  spots  or 
  figures,  or  arranged  in  differently  colored  layers,  it 
  is  called  {agate};  and  if  by  reason  of  the  thickness, 
  color,  and  arrangement  of  the  layers  it  is  suitable  for 
  being  carved  into  cameos,  it  is  called  {onyx}. 
  {Chrysoprase}  is  green  chalcedony;  {carnelian},  a  flesh 
  red,  and  {sard},  a  brownish  red  variety. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  agate 
  n  :  an  impure  form  of  quartz  consisting  of  banded  chalcedony; 
  used  as  a  gemstone  and  for  making  mortars  and  pestles 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Agate,  CO 
  Zip  code(s):  80101 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Agate 
  (Heb.  shebo),  a  precious  stone  in  the  breast-plate  of  the  high 
  priest  (Ex.  28:19;  39:12),  the  second  in  the  third  row.  This  may 
  be  the  agate  properly  so  called  a  semi-transparent  crystallized 
  quartz,  probably  brought  from  Sheba,  whence  its  name  In  Isa. 
  54:12  and  Ezek.  27:16,  this  word  is  the  rendering  of  the  Hebrew 
  cadcod  which  means  "ruddy,"  and  denotes  a  variety  of  minutely 
  crystalline  silica  more  or  less  in  bands  of  different  tints. 
 
  This  word  is  from  the  Greek  name  of  a  stone  found  in  the  river 
  Achates  in  Sicily. 
 




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