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ru·by

 (ro͞o′bē)
n. pl. ru·bies
1. A red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, highly valued as a precious stone.
2. Something, such as a watch bearing, that is made from a ruby.
3. A dark or deep red to deep purplish red.
adj.
Of the color ruby.

[Middle English, from Old French rubi, from Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis), red (stone), ruby, from Latin rubeus, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.]

ruby

(ˈruːbɪ)
n, pl -bies
1. (Minerals) a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al2O3
2. (Colours)
a. the deep-red colour of a ruby
b. (as adjective): ruby lips.
3.
a. something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
b. (as modifier): ruby necklace.
4. (modifier) denoting a fortieth anniversary: our ruby wedding.
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 5 point
[C14: from Old French rubi, from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red]
ˈruby-ˌlike adj

ru•by

(ˈru bi)

n., pl. -bies,
adj. n.
1. a red variety of corundum, used as a gem.
2. something made of this stone or an imitation, as a bearing in a watch.
3. a deep red; carmine.
adj.
4. ruby-colored.
5. containing or set with rubies.
[1275–1325; rubi (n.) < Old French < Old Provençal robi(n) < Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis) red (stone), derivative of Latin ruber red]

ru·by

(ro͞o′bē)
A deep-red, translucent form of the mineral corundum that is valued as a precious stone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruby - a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gemruby - a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
jewel, precious stone, gem - a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
2.ruby - a transparent deep red variety of corundum; used as a gemstone and in lasers
corundom, corundum - very hard mineral used as an abrasive
transparent gem - a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
3.ruby - a deep and vivid red colorruby - a deep and vivid red color    
red, redness - red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
Adj.1.ruby - of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
أحْمَر داكِن، قُرْمُزيياقوت أحْمَر
rubínrubínová červeňrubínově červený
rubinrubinrød
rubiin
rubinrubinvörös
rúbínrúbínrauîur litur
ルビー
rubinasryškiai raudona spalvaryškiai raudonas
rubínrubínová červeňrubínovo červenýrubínový

ruby

[ˈruːbɪ]
A. Nrubí m
B. ADJ (in colour) → color rubí
C. CPD [necklace, ring] → de rubí(es)

ruby

[ˈruːbi]
nrubis m
modif [ring, necklace] → de rubis ruby-red, ruby weddingruby-red ruby red [ˌruːbiˈrɛd] adjrubis invruby wedding nnoces fpl de rubis

ruby

n (= stone)Rubin m; (colour: also ruby red) → Rubinrot nt
adj (= ruby-coloured) wine, lipsrubinrot; (= made of rubies)Rubin-; ruby ringRubinring m

ruby

[ˈruːbɪ]
1. nrubino
2. adj (colour) → (color) rubino inv; (lips) → rosso/a; (made of rubies, necklace, ring) → di rubini

ruby

(ˈruːbi) plural ˈrubies noun
1. a kind of deep red precious stone. a ring set with rubies; (also adjective) a ruby necklace.
2. (also adjective) (of) its colour. a ruby dress.
References in classic literature ?
Shaggy creamy stockings of silk, and shaggy slippers of rose leather with ruby buckles, completed his costume, and when he was thus attired the shaggy man looked at himself in a long mirror with great admiration.
The present consisted of a vase carved from a single ruby, six inches high and as thick as my finger; this was filled with the choicest pearls, large, and of perfect shape and lustre; secondly, a huge snake skin, with scales as large as a sequin, which would preserve from sickness those who slept upon it.
He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.
Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow, will you not bring her the ruby out of my sword-hilt?
Diana Barry, rosy and dimpled, shadowed by the faithful Fred; Jane Andrews, neat and sensible and plain; Ruby Gillis, looking her handsomest and brightest in a cream silk blouse, with red geraniums in her golden hair; Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane, both trying to keep as near the elusive Anne as possible; Carrie Sloane, looking pale and melancholy because, so it was reported, her father would not allow Oliver Kimball to come near the place; Moody Spurgeon MacPherson, whose round face and objectionable ears were as round and objectionable as ever; and Billy Andrews, who sat in a corner all the evening, chuckled when any one spoke to him, and watched Anne Shirley with a grin of pleasure on his broad, freckled countenance.
The winter afternoon was reddening towards evening, and already a ruby light was rolled over the bloomless beds, filling them, as it were, with the ghosts of the dead roses.
The top was one round, shining ruby, and eight inches of the handle below it were studded with rough turquoises close together, giving a most satisfactory grip.
But Ruby Gillis says she saw him writing something on her slate and when Prissy read it she blushed as red as a beet and giggled; and Ruby Gillis says she doesn't believe it had anything to do with the lesson.
And all with pearl and ruby glowing Was the fair palace door, Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing, And sparkling evermore, A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty Was but to sing, In voices of surpassing beauty, The wit and wisdom of their king.
She therefore sent the Prince a large and splendid ruby, with injunctions to wear it night and day as it would protect him from all attacks, but added that the talisman only retained its power as long as the Prince remained within his father's dominions.
Gayelette made up her mind that when he grew to be a man she would make him her husband, so she took him to her ruby palace and used all her magic powers to make him as strong and good and lovely as any woman could wish.
In the top of its head, however, was a mass of delicate pink balls which looked like jewels, and it had a heart made of a blood-red ruby.