• WordNet 3.6
    • n agate an impure form of quartz consisting of banded chalcedony; used as a gemstone and for making mortars and pestles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Agate A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
    • Agate (Print) A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
    • Agate (Min) 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.
    • Agate A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; -- so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
    • adv Agate On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • agate On the way; going; agoing; in motion: as, “set him agate again,” Lingua, iii. 6; “set the bells agate,” Cotgrave.
    • n agate A variety of quartz which is peculiar in consisting of bands or layers of various colors blended together. It is essentially a variegated chalcedony, but some of the bands may consist of other varieties of quartz, for the most part cryptocrystalline. The varied manner in which these materials are arranged causes the agate when polished to assume characteristic differences of appearance, and thus certain varieties are distinguished, as ribbon-agate, fortification-agate, zone-agate, star-agate, moss-agate, clouded agate. etc. See also cut under concentric. Agate is found chiefly in trap-rocks and serpentine, often in the form of nodules, called geodes. It is esteemed the least valuable of the precious stones. Agates are cut and polished in large quantities at Oberstein in Oldenburg, Germany, where also artificial means are used to produce striking varieties of color in these stones. In Scotland also they are cut and polished, under the name of Scotch pebbles. They are used for rings, seals, cups, beads, boxes, handles of small utensils, burnishers, pestles and mortars, and, in delicate mechanism, as bearing-surfaces, pivots, and the knife-edges of weighing apparatus. In Shakspere agate is a symbol of littleness or smallness, from the little figures cut in these stones when set in rings.
    • n agate A draw-plate used by gold-wire drawers, named from the piece of agate through which the eye is drilled.
    • n agate In printing, type of a size between pearl and nonpareil, giving about 160 lines to the foot. It is used chiefly in newspapers. In Great Britain it is known as ruby.
    • n agate This line is printed in agate.
    • n agate An instrument used by bookbinders for polishing; a burnisher.
    • n agate A child's playing-marble made of agate, or of glass in imitation of agate.
    • n agate Nautical, the jewel cup in the center of the compass-card, which rests upon the upright pivot in the center of the compass-bowl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agate ag′āt a precious stone composed of layers of quartz, of different tints
    • adv Agate a-gāt′ agoing, on the way.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. agate, It. agata, L. achates, fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Gate; a northern word.


In literature:

In the marble season he was a plutocrat in taws and agates.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
There is prayer and preaching agate in that church.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
There are a few medium sized beads of agate and one pendant of dark greenish stone rudely shaped to resemble a human head.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Huge masses of dark, agate-looking clouds were gathering in the zenith, and the heavy, close atmosphere told the coming of a storm.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
One man is made of agate, another of oak; one of slate, another of clay.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Finally it was polished with agate.
"Books Before Typography" by Frederick W. Hamilton
AGATES, presenting representations of natural forms, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Timar sat in silent stupefaction on the edge of the bed, and held in his trembling hands the agate box, whose diamonds sparkled in the moonlight.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Place in an agate stew pan, add one-half cup cold water, cover and let simmer until shells open.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
PP are the agates upon which the knife edges CC rest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Agate, applied to a diminutive person, 12, 390.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Enameled or agate ware which has begun to chip should be discarded.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
With golden side-stripes, and an agate button engraved with the letter C. Thou seest that it is so.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Colonel Welsh's lips stiffened, and an agate-hard glint came into his eyes.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
After remaining a few hours, this bronzed surface should be burnished with an agate or steel burnisher.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
Their great horns gleamed like agate.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
On the street I met the stage manager and the tall, dark man just as they were coming out of the Moss Agate saloon.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Agate in pets, love biscuits, a time.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
The bed posts were inlaid with mother-of-pearl, agate, lapis lazuli, and other rare stones.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)

In poetry:

For Beauty still rebels!
Our dreams like clouds disperse:
She dwells
In agate, marble, verse.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Nay, Zamperina, save those agate Eyes
From shrewd empiric Paths where Knowledge lies;
Throw Truth to the Unlovely, when to you
It were a rash Unwisdom to be Wise.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Around the root the beetle glides,
A living beryl; and the ant,
Large, agate-red, a garnet, slides
Beneath the rock; and every plant
Is roof for some frail thing that hides.
"Rain In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
Or the Sidonian, with their fragrant freight
Oil-olive, fig, and date;
Jars of dark sunburnt wine, flax-woven robes,
Or Tyrian azure glass
Wavy with gold, and agate-banded globes:--
"The First And The Last" by Francis Turner Palgrave
This is the iron City's awful way—
Not wilfully to crush our bodies down
Beneath her agate heel; but day by day
To choke us with wild loneliness; to drown
Our hearts and hopes—yet never quite to slay.
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
Where will I find words to describe our stroll,
The Chablis on ice, the toasted bread
And the sweet agate of ripe cherries?
Sunset is far off, and the sea resounds with
The splash of bodies, hot and glad for cool dampness.
"Where Will I Find Words" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

In news:

AGAT-SP5 transcievers offer flexible detection field, designed to prevent false detections.
STR International's AGAT-SP5 microwave intrusion detectors are designed for remote perimeter usage.
Looking at the massive dock from Japan that washed ashore on Agate Beach near Newport, Ore.
Check out the collection of gemstone beads , pearls, jasper, quartz, agate, cracked glass, Chinese cut crystal, metal beads and more at the Beauty in the Bead Show starting today.
Travel on Highway 305 on Bainbridge Island remains a challenge after a two-car accident at Agate Pass Bridge earlier Monday.
Agatized coral- Leopard skin jasper.
Crews from Ballard Diving and Salvage, which recently moved its administrative offices to Washougal, will begin work today on dismantling a dock from Japan that washed ashore at Oregon's Agate Beach in June.
Raw Appeal — Geodes, agate, and rough-cut stones step out of geology class and into fashion .
Geodes, agate, and rough-cut stones step out of geology class and into fashion .
At Agate Alley Laboratory , cocktails become spirited creations infused with unusual fruits, house-made flavorings and bits of history.
For sisters Sarah Paveglio and Shana Kleinschmidt, combing Lake Superior's beaches for agates is more than just that, it's about the memories they've shared while doing it.
Coho salmon are released by a hose into the net pens in Agate Passage on Monday.
Agate Passage Net Pens Full of Salmon Again.
In early 2001, I began to attend the Quaker worship group, now the Agate Passage Friends Meeting.
Delivered by bulk mail to Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail, and Agate, the paper has enjoyed considerable success by simply giving advertisers results.

In science:

Coupled Mode Equations According to the pressure field decomposition (8), we give in this section the coupled mode equations, agating and radiating modes.
Loss of Resolution for the Time Reversal of Waves in Random Underwater Acoustic Channels
We represent the effective propto replacing the two tensors by agators by dashed lines to which we assign a new color, 0.
A review of the large N limit of tensor models
Vizsg´altam a f´azis´atmenet lehet˝os´eg´et mindh´arom f´azis k¨oz¨ott. V´eges t´erfogaton meghat´aroztam a f´azisdiagram sz´ıns´ert˝o ´es Higgs-f´azis k¨ozti ´ag´at, ma jd v´egtelen t´erfogat´u hat´ar´atmenetet ha jtottam v´egre.
Az elektrogyenge f\'azis\'atmenet (The electroweak phase transition)
Fainman, “Gain assisted prop agation of surface plasmon polaritons on planar metallic waveguides,” Opt.
Resonant-tunnelling-assisted crossing for subwavelength plasmonic slot waveguides
Willsky, “Belief prop agation and LP relaxation for weighted matching in general graphs,” IEEE Trans.
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