AGATES

Noun

agates

plural of agate

Anagrams

• Tagesa

Source: Wiktionary


AGATE

A*gate", adv. Etym: [Pref. a- on + gate way.]

Definition: On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate. [Obs.] Cotgrave.

Ag"ate, n. Etym: [F. agate, It. agata, L. achates, fr. Gr.

1. (Min.)

Definition: A semipellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen. Its colors are delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.

Note: The fortification agate, or Scotch pebble, the moss agate, the clouded agate, etc., are familiar varieties.

2. (Print.)

Definition: A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.

Note: This line is printed in the type called agate.

3. A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals. [Obs.] Shak.

4. A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; -- so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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