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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diamond  \Di"a*mond\  (?;  277),  n.  [OE.  diamaund  diamaunt  F. 
  diamant,  corrupted,  fr  L.  adamas,  the  hardest  iron,  steel, 
  diamond,  Gr  ?.  Perh.  the  corruption  is  due  to  the  influence 
  of  Gr  ?  transparent.  See  {Adamant},  {Tame}.] 
  1.  A  precious  stone  or  gem  excelling  in  brilliancy  and 
  beautiful  play  of  prismatic  colors,  and  remarkable  for 
  extreme  hardness. 
 
  Note:  The  diamond  is  native  carbon  in  isometric  crystals, 
  often  octahedrons  with  rounded  edges.  It  is  usually 
  colorless,  but  some  are  yellow,  green,  blue,  and  even 
  black.  It  is  the  hardest  substance  known  The  diamond 
  as  found  in  nature  (called  a  rough  diamond)  is  cut,  for 
  use  in  jewelry,  into  various  forms  with  many  reflecting 
  faces,  or  facets,  by  which  its  brilliancy  is  much 
  increased.  See  {Brilliant},  {Rose}.  Diamonds  are  said 
  to  be  of  the  first  water  when  very  transparent,  and  of 
  the  second  or  third  water  as  the  transparency 
  decreases. 
 
  2.  A  geometrical  figure,  consisting  of  four  equal  straight 
  lines,  and  having  two  of  the  interior  angles  acute  and  two 
  obtuse;  a  rhombus;  a  lozenge. 
 
  3.  One  of  a  suit  of  playing  cards,  stamped  with  the  figure  of 
  a  diamond. 
 
  4.  (Arch.)  A  pointed  projection,  like  a  four-sided  pyramid, 
  used  for  ornament  in  lines  or  groups. 
 
  5.  (Baseball)  The  infield;  the  square  space,  90  feet  on  a 
  side  having  the  bases  at  its  angles. 
 
  6.  (Print.)  The  smallest  kind  of  type  in  English  printing, 
  except  that  called  brilliant,  which  is  seldom  seen. 
 
  Note:  [hand]  This  line  is  printed  in  the  type  called 
  {Diamond}. 
 
  {Black  diamond},  coal;  (Min.)  See  {Carbonado}. 
 
  {Bristol  diamond}.  See  {Bristol  stone},  under  {Bristol}. 
 
  {Diamond  beetle}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  South  American  weevil 
  ({Entimus  imperialis}),  remarkable  for  its  splendid  luster 
  and  colors,  due  to  minute  brilliant  scales. 
 
  {Diamond  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  Australian  bird 
  ({Pardalotus  punctatus},  family  {Ampelid[ae]}.).  It  is 
  black,  with  white  spots. 
 
  {Diamond  drill}  (Engin.),  a  rod  or  tube  the  end  of  which  is 
  set  with  black  diamonds;  --  used  for  perforating  hard 
  substances,  esp.  for  boring  in  rock. 
 
  {Diamond  finch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  Australian  sparrow,  often 
  kept  in  a  cage.  Its  sides  are  black,  with  conspicuous 
  white  spots,  and  the  rump  is  bright  carmine. 
 
  {Diamond  groove}  (Iron  Working),  a  groove  of  V-section  in  a 
  roll. 
 
  {Diamond  mortar}  (Chem.),  a  small  steel  mortar  used  for 
  pulverizing  hard  substances. 
 
  {Diamond-point  tool},  a  cutting  tool  whose  point  is 
  diamond-shaped. 
 
  {Diamond  snake}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  harmless  snake  of  Australia 
  ({Morelia  spilotes});  the  carpet  snake. 
 
  {Glazier's  diamond},  a  small  diamond  set  in  a  glazier's  tool, 
  for  cutting  glass. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diamond  \Di"a*mond\  (?;  277),  a. 
  Resembling  a  diamond;  made  of  or  abounding  in  diamonds;  as 
  a  diamond  chain;  a  diamond  field. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diamond 
  n  1:  a  transparent  piece  of  diamond  that  has  been  cut  and 
  polished  and  is  valued  as  a  precious  gem 
  2:  very  hard  native  crystalline  carbon  valued  as  a  gem  [syn:  {adamant}] 
  3:  a  playing  card  in  the  minor  suit  of  diamonds 
  4:  the  area  of  a  baseball  field  that  is  enclosed  by  3  bases  and 
  home  plate  [syn:  {baseball  diamond},  {infield}]  [ant:  {outfield}] 
  5:  the  baseball  playing  field  [syn:  {ball  field}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Diamond,  IL  (village,  FIPS  19837) 
  Location:  41.28867  N,  88.25520  W 
  Population  (1990):  1077  (414  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Diamond,  MO  (town,  FIPS  19432) 
  Location:  36.99548  N,  94.31507  W 
  Population  (1990):  775  (309  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  64840 
  Diamond,  OH 
  Zip  code(s):  44412 
  Diamond,  WV 
  Zip  code(s):  25015 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Diamond 
 
  One  of  five  pedagogical  languages  based  on  Markov  algorithms, 
  used  in  "Nonpareil,  a  Machine  Level  Machine  Independent 
  Language  for  the  Study  of  Semantics",  B.  Higman,  ULICS  Intl 
  Report  No  ICSI  170,  U  London  (1968).  (cf.  Brilliant, 
  Nonpareil,  Pearl[3],  Ruby[2]). 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Diamond 
  (1.)  A  precious  gem  (Heb.  yahalom',  in  allusion  to  its 
  hardness),  otherwise  unknown,  the  sixth  i.e.,  the  third  in  the 
  second  row,  in  the  breastplate  of  the  high  priest,  with  the  name 
  of  Naphtali  engraven  on  it  (Ex.  28:18;  39:11;  R.V.  marg., 
  "sardonyx.") 
 
  (2.)  A  precious  stone  (Heb.  shamir',  a  sharp  point)  mentioned 
  in  Jer.  17:1.  From  its  hardness  it  was  used  for  cutting  and 
  perforating  other  minerals.  It  is  rendered  adamant"  (q.v.)  in 
  Ezek.  3:9,  Zech.  7:12.  It  is  the  hardest  and  most  valuable  of 
  precious  stones. 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  DIAMOND 
  Development  and  Integration  of  Accurate  Mathematical  Operations  in  Numerical  Data-processing  (ESPRIT) 
 
 




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