NounAgate (countable and uncountable; plural Agates)
- (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.
- (uncountable, printing) A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
- (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
- (slang, obsolete) A very small person.
- (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;—so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
- (obsolete) On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.