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sap·phire

 (săf′īr′)
n.
1. A clear hard variety of corundum used as a gemstone that is usually blue but may be any color except red.
2. A corundum gem.
3. The blue color of a gem sapphire.
adj.
1. Made of or resembling a gem sapphire.
2. Having the color of a blue sapphire.

[Middle English saphir, from Old French safir, from Latin sapphīrus, from Greek sappheiros, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappîr, a precious stone.]

sapphire

(ˈsæfaɪə)
n
1. (Minerals)
a. any precious corundum gemstone that is not red, esp the highly valued transparent blue variety. A synthetic form is used in electronics and precision apparatus. Formula: Al2O3
b. (as modifier): a sapphire ring.
2. (Colours)
a. the blue colour of sapphire
b. (as adjective): sapphire eyes.
[C13 safir, from Old French, from Latin sapphīrus, from Greek sappheiros, perhaps from Hebrew sappīr, ultimately perhaps from Sanskrit śanipriya, literally: beloved of the planet Saturn, from śani Saturn + priya beloved]

sap•phire

(ˈsæf aɪər)

n.
1. any gem variety of corundum other than the ruby, esp. one of the blue varieties.
2. a gem of this kind.
3. the deep blue color of this gem.
adj.
4. deep blue.
[1225–75; Middle English safir < Old French < Latin sapphīrus < Greek sáppheiros, probably < Semitic (compare Hebrew sappīr]

sap·phire

(săf′īr′)
Any of several fairly pure forms of the mineral corundum, especially a blue form valued as a gem.

sapphire

- From Greek sappheiros, "lapis lazuli" or "blue stone."
See also related terms for lapis lazuli.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sapphire - a precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstonesapphire - a precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstone
corundom, corundum - very hard mineral used as an abrasive
star sapphire - a sapphire that when cut shows a starlike figure in reflected light because of its crystalline structure
transparent gem - a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
2.sapphire - a transparent piece of sapphire 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
3.sapphire - a light shade of blue
blue, blueness - blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime; "he had eyes of bright blue"
Adj.1.sapphire - of something having the color of a blue sapphire; "sapphire eyes"
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
حَجَر كَريم لازَوَرْديياقُوتٌ أَزْرَق
safír
safir
Saphirsaphirblausaphiren
safiiri
safir
zafír
safír
サファイア
사파이어
safyras
safīrs
zafírzafírový
safir
ไพลินสีน้ำเงินหรือสีฟ้าเข้ม
ngọc bích

sapphire

[ˈsæfaɪəʳ]
A. Nzafiro m
B. CPD [ring, necklace] → de zafiro
sapphire blue Nazul m zafiro
sapphire (blue) sky Ncielo m azul zafiro

sapphire

[ˈsæfaɪər]
nsaphir m
modif [ring, pendant] → de saphir

sapphire

nSaphir m; (= colour)Saphirblau nt
adjSaphir-; (liter) skystrahlend blau; sapphire ringSaphirring m

sapphire

[ˈsæfaɪəʳ]
1. nzaffiro
2. adj (necklace) → di zaffiri; (colour) → blu zaffiro inv

sapphire

(ˈsӕfaiə) noun
a kind of dark-blue precious stone. a gold brooch set with a sapphire; (also adjective) a sapphire ring.

sapphire

ياقُوتٌ أَزْرَق safír safir Saphir ζαφείρι zafiro safiiri saphir safir zaffiro サファイア 사파이어 saffier safir szafir safira сапфир safir ไพลินสีน้ำเงินหรือสีฟ้าเข้ม safir ngọc bích 蓝宝石
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The breeze was from the west: it came over the hills, sweet with scents of heath and rush; the sky was of stainless blue; the stream descending the ravine, swelled with past spring rains, poured along plentiful and clear, catching golden gleams from the sun, and sapphire tints from the firmament.
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 magical colours disappeared by degrees, and the shades of emerald and sapphire were effaced.
D'Artagnan remembered having seen this ring on the finger of Milady; it was a magnificent sapphire, encircled with brilliants.
It was a blind and de- spairing rush by the collection of men in dusty and tattered blue, over a green sward and under a sapphire sky, toward a fence, dimly outlined in smoke, from behind which spluttered the fierce rifles of enemies.
I thought you said there was a sapphire on the head, dear?
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All eyes, as usual, were riveted, for the moment at least, upon Ethel Harrogate, whose golden Greek head and colour of the dawn seemed set purposely above that sapphire sea, like a goddess's.
Mingott was delighted with the engagement, which, being long foreseen by watchful relatives, had been carefully passed upon in family council; and the engagement ring, a large thick sapphire set in invisible claws, met with her unqualified admiration.
Before us rose a golden temple wrought in the most wondrous and fanciful designs, inlaid with diamond, ruby, sapphire, turquoise, emerald, and the thousand nameless gems of Mars, which far transcend in loveliness and purity of ray the most priceless stones of Earth.
The river widened until it presented the aspect of a large lake whose vaulted dome, lighted by glowing phosphorescent rock, was splashed with the vivid rays of the diamond, the sapphire, the ruby, and the countless, nameless jewels of Barsoom which lay incrusted in the virgin gold which forms the major portion of these magnificent cliffs.
The young man had his head buried in his hands, so he did not hear the flutter of the bird's wings, and when he looked up he found the beautiful sapphire lying on the withered violets.