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Meaning of AGATE

Pronunciation:  'agit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedony; used as a gemstone and for making mortars and pestles

AGATE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: calcedony, chalcedony, moss agate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*gate"\, adv. [Pref. a- on + gate way.]
    On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.
    [Obs.] --Cotgrave.
  2. \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
    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.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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.