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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
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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 ?
The bedstead was of gold and set with many brilliant diamonds, and the coverlet had designs of pearls and rubies sewed upon it.
His coat was of rose-colored velvet, trimmed with shags and bobtails, with buttons of blood-red rubies and golden shags around the edges.
It struck me as a very strange thing that a river of clear fresh water, which gushed out from the mountain not far from where we stood, instead of flowing into the sea as rivers generally do, turned off sharply, and flowed out of sight under a natural archway of rock, and when I went to examine it more closely I found that inside the cave the walls were thick with diamonds, and rubies, and masses of crystal, and the floor was strewn with ambergris.
I then made up many packages of rubies, emeralds, rock crystal, ambergris, and precious stuffs, and bound them upon my raft, being careful to preserve the balance, and then I seated myself upon it, having two small oars that I had fashioned laid ready to my hand, and loosed the cord which held it to the bank.
His eyes were as red as rubies, and altogether he was most wonderful.
On this occasion, however, she admired the size of the rubies and the brilliancy of the diamonds; she grieved over every blemish and every defect; she thought the gold light, and the stones wretched.