Synonyms for agate

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ag-it
Phonetic Transcription : ˈæg ɪt

Définition of agate

Origin :
  • 1560s, from Middle French agathe (16c.), from Latin achates, from Greek akhates, the name of a river in Sicily where the stones were found (Pliny). But the river could as easily be named for the stone.
  • The earlier English form of the word, achate (early 13c.), was directly from Latin. Figurative sense of "a diminutive person" (c.1600) is from the now-obsolete meaning "small figures cut in agates for seals," preserved in typographer's agate (1838), the U.S. name of the 5.5-point font called in Great Britain ruby. Meaning "toy marble made of glass resembling agate" is from 1843 (colloquially called an aggie).
  • As in typeface : noun printing font
Example sentences :
  • His child-like face, with the soft, agate eyes, expressed only bewilderment.
  • Extract from : « The Martian Cabal » by Roman Frederick Starzl
  • Some of the bracelets are furnished with studs set with agate or coral.
  • Extract from : « The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921 » by Various
  • The cup in which it spins is made of agate flint, or other hard substance.
  • Extract from : « The Sailor's Word-Book » by William Henry Smyth
  • And this some seers have professed to be the virtue of a stone of agate.
  • Extract from : « Zanoni » by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Suddenly all is light and life and flight, Upon the sandy bottom, agate strewn.
  • Extract from : « Silverpoints » by John Gray
  • What was agate had slipped out to others as well as ourselves.
  • Extract from : « Johnny Ludlow, Third Series » by Mrs. Henry Wood
  • We were in great dismay, since there was no agate at hand as raw material.
  • Extract from : « Adventurings in the Psychical » by H. Addington Bruce
  • The walls of his chamber were enriched with tiles of alabaster, agate, and turquoise.
  • Extract from : « The Captain of the Janizaries » by James M. Ludlow
  • Other specimens imitated jade or agate or cornelian or some other stone.
  • Extract from : « Chats on Oriental China » by J. F. Blacker
  • The attachment can be placed on agate ware or sheet-iron pans of any length.
  • Extract from : « The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 » by Various

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