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Meaning of AGATE

Pronunciation:  'agit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
  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
       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.
    
    
 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

(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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