Agate

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English

Noun

Agate (countable and uncountable; plural Agates)
  1. (countable, uncountable, mineralogy) A semi-pellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen, with colors delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.
  2. (uncountable, printing) A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
  3. (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
  4. (slang, obsolete) A very small person.
  5. (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.

Adverb

Agate

  1. (obsolete) On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.

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Etymology

  1. From Ancient Greek ἀχάτης (akhatēs, agate).
  2. a- (on) +‎ gate (way)

Pronunciation

  1. (US) IPA: /ˈæɡ.et/
  2. (US) IPA: /ʌˈɡat/