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ag·ate

 (ăg′ĭt)
n.
1. A fine-grained, fibrous variety of chalcedony with colored bands or irregular clouding.
2. A playing marble made of agate or a glass imitation of it; an aggie.
3. A tool with agate parts, such as a burnisher tipped with agate.
4. Printing A type size, about 5 1/2 points.

[Middle English achate, agaten, from Old French acate, agate, alteration (influenced by Greek agathē, good) of Latin achātēs, from Greek akhātēs.]

agate

(ˈæɡɪt)
n
1. (Minerals) an impure microcrystalline form of quartz consisting of a variegated, usually banded chalcedony, used as a gemstone and in making pestles and mortars, burnishers, and polishers. Formula: SiO2
2. (Individual Sports, other than specified) a playing marble of this quartz or resembling it
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing Also called: ruby US and Canadian (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 5 point
[C16: via French from Latin achātēs, from Greek akhatēs]

agate

(əˈɡeɪt)
adv
dialect Northern English on the way
[C16: a-2 + gate3]

Agate

(ˈæɡeɪt)
n
(Biography) James (Evershed). 1877–1947, British theatre critic; drama critic for The Sunday Times (1923–47) and author of a nine-volume diary Ego (1935–49)

ag•ate

(ˈæg ɪt)

n.
1. a variegated chalcedony showing curved, colored bands or other markings.
2. a playing marble made of this substance, or of glass in imitation of it.
3. Print.
a. a 5½-point type.
b. a type size smaller than that used for news text, esp. in classified advertisements.
[1150–1200; « Medieval Latin achātēs < Greek achatēs]

ag·ate

(ăg′ĭt)
A type of very fine-grained quartz found in various colors that are arranged in bands or in cloudy patterns. The bands form when water rich with silica enters empty spaces in rock, after which the silica comes out of solution and forms crystals, gradually filling the spaces from the outside inward. The different colors are the result of various impurities in the water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agate - an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedonyagate - an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedony; used as a gemstone and for making mortars and pestles
moss agate - an agate resembling moss with brown, black, or green markings
calcedony, chalcedony - a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz
Translations
achát
ahhaat
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And south they went, along roads that steadily grew worse, through the dairy country of Langlois and through thick pine forests to Port Orford, where Saxon picked jeweled agates on the beach while Billy caught enormous rockcod.
I traded for postage-stamps, for minerals, for curios, for birds' eggs, for marbles (I had a more magnificent collection of agates than I have ever seen any boy possess--and the nucleus of the collection was a handful worth at least three dollars, which I had kept as security for twenty cents I loaned to a messenger-boy who was sent to reform school before he could redeem them).
There were forty carbuncles, two hundred and ten sapphires, sixty-one agates, and a great quantity of beryls, onyxes, cats'-eyes, turquoises, and other stones, the very names of which I did not know at the time, though I have become more familiar with them since.
But the walls were made of screens of marble tracery--beautiful milk-white fretwork, set with agates and cornelians and jasper and lapis lazuli, and as the moon came up behind the hill it shone through the open work, casting shadows on the ground like black velvet embroidery.
in yon brilliant window-niche How statue-like I me thee stand, The agate lamp within thy hand
Huge columns carved out of single masses of marble, and inlaid from top to bottom with a hundred intricate figures wrought in costly verde antique; pulpits of the same rich materials, whose draperies hung down in many a pictured fold, the stony fabric counterfeiting the delicate work of the loom; the grand altar brilliant with polished facings and balustrades of oriental agate, jasper, verde antique, and other precious stones, whose names, even, we seldom hear-- and slabs of priceless lapis lazuli lavished every where as recklessly as if the church had owned a quarry of it.
Then more beds of different fashion, and an agate vase carved with the figure of a man aiming an arrow at a lion, and finally a costly table, which had once belonged to King Solomon.
They were agate gray and they looked too big for his face because they had black lashes all round them.
He hastened his steps, and quickly arrived at the gate of the palace, which was formed of a single agate.
In this northern part of Chile, within the Cordillera, old Indian houses are said to be especially numerous: by digging amongst the ruins, bits of woollen articles, instruments of precious metals, and heads of Indian corn, are not unfrequently discovered: an arrow-head made of agate, and of precisely the same form with those now used in Tierra del Fuego, was given me.
I'm fear'd you have some ill plans agate, that bring you about folk's houses at this time o' night.
When we are apart I always imagine your face as a face of gold, with eyes and teeth of bdellium, or chalcedony, or agate, or any wonderful unknown stones of appropriate colors.