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gem

 (jĕm)
n.
1. A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
2.
a. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book.
b. A beloved or highly prized person.
3. A type of muffin.
tr.v. gemmed, gem·ming, gems
To adorn with gems.

[Middle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.]

gem

(dʒɛm)
n
1. (Jewellery) a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
2. a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point
4. (Cookery) NZ a type of small sweet cake
vb, gems, gemming or gemmed
(Jewellery) (tr) to set or ornament with gems
[C14: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone]
ˈgemˌlike adj
ˈgemmy adj

gem

(dʒɛm)

n., v. gemmed, gem•ming. n.
1. a mineral, pearl, or other natural substance valued for its rarity or inherent beauty.
2. something prized because of its beauty or worth.
3. a person held in great esteem or affection.
v.t.
4. to adorn with gems.
[1275–1325; Middle English gemme < Old French < Latin gemma bud, jewel]

gem


Past participle: gemmed
Gerund: gemming

Imperative
gem
gem
Present
I gem
you gem
he/she/it gems
we gem
you gem
they gem
Preterite
I gemmed
you gemmed
he/she/it gemmed
we gemmed
you gemmed
they gemmed
Present Continuous
I am gemming
you are gemming
he/she/it is gemming
we are gemming
you are gemming
they are gemming
Present Perfect
I have gemmed
you have gemmed
he/she/it has gemmed
we have gemmed
you have gemmed
they have gemmed
Past Continuous
I was gemming
you were gemming
he/she/it was gemming
we were gemming
you were gemming
they were gemming
Past Perfect
I had gemmed
you had gemmed
he/she/it had gemmed
we had gemmed
you had gemmed
they had gemmed
Future
I will gem
you will gem
he/she/it will gem
we will gem
you will gem
they will gem
Future Perfect
I will have gemmed
you will have gemmed
he/she/it will have gemmed
we will have gemmed
you will have gemmed
they will have gemmed
Future Continuous
I will be gemming
you will be gemming
he/she/it will be gemming
we will be gemming
you will be gemming
they will be gemming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gemming
you have been gemming
he/she/it has been gemming
we have been gemming
you have been gemming
they have been gemming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gemming
you will have been gemming
he/she/it will have been gemming
we will have been gemming
you will have been gemming
they will have been gemming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gemming
you had been gemming
he/she/it had been gemming
we had been gemming
you had been gemming
they had been gemming
Conditional
I would gem
you would gem
he/she/it would gem
we would gem
you would gem
they would gem
Past Conditional
I would have gemmed
you would have gemmed
he/she/it would have gemmed
we would have gemmed
you would have gemmed
they would have gemmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gem - art highly prized for its beauty or perfectiongem - art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
art, fine art - the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art"
2.gem - a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelrygem - a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry; "he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; "she had jewels made of all the rarest stones"
jewellery, jewelry - an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
cabochon - a highly polished gem that is cut convexly but without facets
crystal - a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
opaque gem - a gemstone that is opaque
transparent gem - a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
3.gem - a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
4.gem - a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pangem - a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan
quick bread - breads made with a leavening agent that permits immediate baking
bran muffin - muffin containing bran
corn muffin - cornbread muffin
popover - light hollow muffin made of a puff batter (individual Yorkshire pudding) baked in a deep muffin cup
5.gem - a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelrygem - a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
crown jewel - a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
jewellery, jewelry - an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
solitaire - a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
diamond - a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
ruby - a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
pearl - a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
emerald - a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
sapphire - a transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem

gem

noun
1. precious stone, jewel, stone, semiprecious stone The mask is inset with emeralds and other gems.
2. treasure, pick, prize, jewel, flower, pearl, masterpiece, paragon, humdinger (slang) Castel Clara was a gem of a hotel.
Related words
adjective lapidary

Gemstones

adularia, agate, alexandrite, almandine, amazonite, amethyst, andalusite, andradite, aquamarine, aventurine, aventurin, or avanturine, balas, beryl, black opal, bloodstone, bone turquoise, cairngorm, carnelian, cat's-eye, chalcedony, chrysoberyl, chrysolite, chrysoprase, citrine, Colorado ruby, Colorado topaz, corundum, cymophane, demantoid, diamond, diopside, emerald, fire opal, garnet, girasol, girosol, or girasole, grossularite, hawk's-eye, helidor, heliotrope, hessonite, hiddenite, hyacinth, indicolite or indigolite, jacinth, jadeite or jade, jasper, jet, kunzite, lapis lazuli, liver opal, Madagascar aquamarine, melanite, moonstone, morganite, morion, moss agate, New Zealand greenstone, odontolite, onyx, opal, Oriental almandine, Oriental emerald, peridot, plasma, pyrope, quartz, rhodolite, rose quartz, rubellite, ruby, sapphire, sard or sardine, sardonyx, smoky quartz, Spanish topaz, spessartite, sphene, spinel, spodumene, staurolite, sunstone, titanite, topaz, topazolite, tourmaline, turquoise, uvarovite, vesuvianite, water sapphire, white sapphire, zircon

gem

noun
Someone or something considered exceptionally precious:
Translations
تُحْفَة، أفضَل شيءجَوْهَرَةجَوْهَرَه، حَجَر كَريم
drahokamklenot
ædelstenskatsmykkesmykkesten
jalokivi
पत्थरमणिरत्न
dragi kamendragulj
legszebb darabja
gersemigimsteinn, skrautsteinn
宝石
보석
brangakmenisperlas
dārgakmensdārgums
gemaklenot
dragulj
ädelsten
เพชรพลอย
mücevherkıymetli parçakıymetli taş
viên ngọc

gem

[dʒem] N (= jewel) → joya f, alhaja f; (= stone) → piedra f preciosa or semipreciosa, gema f
I must read you this gemtengo que leerte esto porque hace época
my cleaner is a gemla señora que me hace la limpieza es una joya

gem

[ˈdʒɛm] n
(= stone) → pierre f précieuse
(= person, thing) → perle f
He's a real gem → C'est une vraie perle.

gem

nEdelstein m; (cut also) → Juwel nt (geh); (fig: = person) → Juwel nt; (of collection etc)Prachtstück or -exemplar nt; thanks Pat, you’re a gemdanke, Pat, du bist ein Schatz; that story is a real gemdie Geschichte ist Spitzenklasse (inf)or einmalig gut; every one a gem (inf)einer besser als der andere; a gem of a book/painting (= splendid)ein meisterhaftes Buch/Gemälde; she’s a gem of a girl/writersie ist ein reizendes Mädchen/eine hervorragende Schriftstellerin

gem

[dʒɛm] ngemma, pietra preziosa (fig) (person) → gioiello, perla
I must read you this gem (fam) → senti questa perla

gem

(dʒem) noun
1. a precious stone especially when cut into a particular shape, eg for a ring or necklace.
2. anything or anyone thought to be especially good. This picture is the gem of my collection.
ˈgemstone noun
a precious or semi-precious stone especially before it is cut into shape.

gem

جَوْهَرَة drahokam ædelsten Edelstein πολύτιμος λίθος piedra preciosa jalokivi pierre précieuse dragi kamen gemma 宝石 보석 edelsteen edelstein klejnot pedra preciosa драгоценный камень ädelsten เพชรพลอย mücevher viên ngọc 宝石
References in classic literature ?
Before each guest stood a tiny glass that looked and sparkled like a garnet gem.
It was because of it that Columbia was the gem of the ocean; and all her future triumphs, her power and good repute among the nations, depended upon the zeal and fidelity with which each citizen held up the hands of those who were toiling to maintain it.
The little sketch which I have made of this gem cannot and does not do it justice, since I have been obliged to leave out the color.
It was no more the withered limb of eld than my own; it was a rounded supple member, with smooth fingers, symmetrically turned; a broad ring flashed on the little finger, and stooping forward, I looked at it, and saw a gem I had seen a hundred times before.
This precious volume, of which I do not recollect one word, I immediately discovered and immediately applied myself to; and I never visited the house afterwards, but I kneeled on a chair, opened the casket where this gem was enshrined, spread my arms over the desk, and fell to devouring the book afresh.
There was a gem in the brain of the dragon, Philostratus told us, and "by the exhibition of golden letters and a scarlet robe" the monster could be thrown into a magical sleep and slain.
When the Shah-in-Shah found himself the possessor of this gem, he ordered Erik's yellow eyes to be put out.
So I begged the one who owned the nest to which I had been carried to take as much as he would of my treasure, but he contented himself with one stone, and that by no means the largest, assuring me that with such a gem his fortune was made, and he need toil no more.
Upon the ground lie ornaments of gold, One with the dust, and none to gather them, Hair-pins of jade and many a costly gem, Kingfishers' wings and golden birds scarce cold.
Then, at least turn the gem inside, you silly fellow; for everybody must be aware that a cadet from Gascony does not find such stones in his mother's jewel case.
During this time, the jeweller made the diamond play and sparkle in the lamplight, and the gem threw out jets of light which made him unmindful of those which -- precursors of the storm -- began to play in at the windows.
They had come thither, not as friends nor partners in the enterprise, but each, save one youthful pair, impelled by his own selfish and solitary longing for this wondrous gem.