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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 ?
While the eyes of the sisters were endeavoring to catch glimpses through the trees, of the flood of golden glory which formed a glittering halo around the sun, tinging here and there with ruby streaks, or bordering with narrow edgings of shining yellow, a mass of clouds that lay piled at no great distance above the western hills, Hawkeye turned suddenly and pointing upward toward the gorgeous heavens, he spoke:
When I'm old enough to earn money, I'm going to have a dress like this leaf, all ruby color--thin, you know, with a sweeping train and ruffly, curly edges; then I think I'll have a brown sash like the trunk of the tree, and where could I be green?
Yet it was merely a very pretty drawing-room, and within it a boudoir, both spread with white carpets, on which seemed laid brilliant garlands of flowers; both ceiled with snowy mouldings of white grapes and vine-leaves, beneath which glowed in rich contrast crimson couches and ottomans; while the ornaments on the pale Pariain mantelpiece were of sparkling Bohemian glass, ruby red; and between the windows large mirrors repeated the general blending of snow and fire.
As the wounded knight was about to address this fair apparition, she imposed silence by placing her slender finger upon her ruby lips, while the attendant, approaching him, proceeded to uncover Ivanhoe's side, and the lovely Jewess satisfied herself that the bandage was in its place, and the wound doing well.
exclaimed Erskine suddenly, catching sight of a photograph in a rich gold and coral frame on a miniature easel draped with ruby velvet.
He would often spend a whole day settling and resettling in their cases the various stones that be had collected, such as the olive-green chrysoberyl that turns red by lamplight, the cymophane with its wirelike line of silver, the pistachio-coloured peridot, rose-pink and wine-yellow topazes, carbuncles of fiery scarlet with tremulous, four-rayed stars, flame-red cinnamon-stones, orange and violet spinels, and amethysts with their alternate layers of ruby and sapphire.
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.
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.
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.
Her skin was of a light reddish copper color, against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect.
All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips.
And what a good round belly I should have grown, what a treble chin I should have established, what a ruby nose I should have coloured for myself, so that everyone would have said, looking at me: "Here is an asset