alabaster

Definitions

  • Alabaster Statue of Khephren
    Alabaster Statue of Khephren
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj alabaster of or resembling alabaster "alabaster statue"
    • n alabaster a very light white
    • n alabaster a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carving
    • n alabaster a hard compact kind of calcite
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alabaster A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; -- so called from the stone of which it was originally made.
    • Alabaster (Min) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.
    • Alabaster (Min) A hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alabaster A box, casket, or vase made of alabaster. See alabastrum.
    • n alabaster A marble-like mineral of which there are two well-known varieties, the gypseous and the calcareous. The former is a crystalline granular variety of sulphate of calcium or gypsum, CaSO4.2H2O. It is of various colors, as yellow, red, and gray, but is most esteemed when pure white. Being soft, it can be formed by the lathe or knife into small works of art, as vases, statuettes, etc. For this purpose the snow-white, fine-grained variety found near Florence in Italy is especially prized. Calcareous or Oriental alabaster (the alabastrites of the ancients) is a variety of carbonate of calcium or calcite, occurring as a stalactite or stalagmite in caverns of limestone rocks.
    • alabaster Made of alabaster, or resembling it: as, “an alabaster column,” Addison, Travels in Italy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alabaster al′a-bas-tėr a semi-transparent kind of gypsum or sulphate of lime: the fine limestone deposited as stalagmites and stalactites
    • adj Alabaster made of alabaster
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Quotations

  • Marcel Proust
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    “That translucent alabaster of our memories.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. alabaster, Gr. 'ala`bastros, said to be derived fr. Alabastron, the name of a town in Egypt, near which it was common: cf. OF. alabastre, F. albâtre,

Usage

In literature:

The white of purest alabaster was theirs; and their outstretched wings, too, were white.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
She stood like a statue, a carving of purest alabaster, slim and erect in her white, slender nakedness.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Inlets and harbours, turquoise-green and silent, opened along a jagged, green and alabaster shore.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Mirette enters Blue Beard's chamber in order to light the alabaster lamp, which throws a soft and veiled light on the surrounding objects.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
The ruff is uplifted by alabaster columns; the alabaster galleries are a hundred feet above the floor.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
But who is that pale form, with dishevelled hair and weeping eyes, with an alabaster skin stained with the blue spots of grief?
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
The east wall, up to the height of the reredos, is faced with alabaster.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
There will be in their apartments alabaster plates with profiles of Dante and Michelangelo on a black center.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Alabaster, use of, in incrustation, ii.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Both stole away, leaving what might have been an alabaster image, scarcely breathing, on the bed.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The soft, creamy alabaster gives them the appearance of sleeping.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
It was as pure as alabaster, and probably has not a rival in the world.
"Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51" by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
By and by the cat came to two lofty pillars of plain white alabaster, and there he stopped.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
A white cupid spilled from a shell a stream of water like tender falling tear-drops, caught in an alabaster basin.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The most famous inscription of this king is the one on the so-called Black Obelisk, an alabaster monolith found at Nimrud in 1846.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
For towards the king's son, with a noble step, as an alabaster Hebe might have stepped down from her marble pedestal, advanced Felicitas.
"Felicitas" by Felix Dahn
Black hair hung about alabaster shoulders.
"Day of the Druid" by Knut Enferd
In the vestry is a neat old painted carving, in alabaster.
"A Concise History and Directory of the City of Norwich for 1811" by C. Berry
These are worked in brown basalt, syenite, porphyry, alabaster and limestone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
His Majesty sent me to Het-nub to bring a great table of offerings of the alabaster of Het-nub.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
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In poetry:

Amber-belted through the night
Floats the alabaster moon,
Stooping o'er th' acacia white
Where my mandolin I tune.
"Serenade" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sweet perfection, holding up
Magic dew in topaz cup,
Alabaster, amethyst--
Curling lips which Earth has kissed,
Folded hearts where secrets hide,
Secrets old when Eve was bride!
"The Crocus Bed" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
O magic overture of Spring,
O Summer like an Eastern King,
O Autumn, splendid widowed Queen,
O Winter, alabaster tomb
Where lie the regal twain serene,
Gone to their yearly doom.
"A New Year Letter" by Richard Le Gallienne
The deathly silence is not far;
A few more moments only matter,
Which the Inevitable bar.
But at the edge, before they scatter,
In front of Thee my life I shatter,
As though an alabaster jar.
"Mary Magdalene I" by Boris Pasternak
Where the moon shone on the terrace
And its fountain's lisping foam;
Where the bronzen urns of flowers
Breathed faint perfume thro' the gloam,
By the alabaster Venus
'Neath the quiet stars we'd roam.
"Treachery" by Madison Julius Cawein
The alabaster's wondrous white,
The marble's polish strikes my sight,
When Silvia is not seen:
But ah! how faint that white is grown,
How rough appears the polish'd stone,
Compared with Silvia's mien!
"Comparison" by William Shenstone

In news:

Melissa Oyer and Justin Brown were married at First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster on Saturday, May 7.
John Charles Pinion , age 56, of Alabaster, passed away on Oct 8, 2012.
In the Gospels, the Virgin Mary is the alabaster embodiment of grace and suffering, the mater dolorosa — but also largely voiceless.
Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster recently earned an A grade in The Leapfrog Group's hospital safety survey.
Alabaster disputes BP claim that Sea Brat #4 dispersant too toxic.
Tamara Clement Gianis, a sculptor who worked in marble and alabaster, died at her house in East Hampton on Oct 22.
Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep Paul DeMarco of Homewood are backing the plan.
Read the feasibility study on a possible independent school system for the city of Alabaster.
Fire alarm evacuates Thompson High School in Alabaster.
Creek View Elementary School students join the Boosterthon Fun Run All-Star in getting the crowd pumped up during a pep rally in Alabaster on Oct 24.
Myrtle Geneva Popwell, 87, of Clanton died Thursday, Nov 29, 2012, in Alabaster.
The Birmingham News Honey Belle's Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, Alabama, on July 12, 2012.
ALABASTER — Kingwood Christian jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but a disastrous third quarter doomed the Lions as they fell to visiting Hooper Academy 45-16 in their season opener Aug 24.
Lifeguard Ambulance Service celebrated the grand opening of its new Alabaster location during an Aug 30 ceremony.
Kindergarteners at Alabaster's Meadow View Elementary School learned life-saving lessons Oct 17 while getting an up-close look at some heavy-duty equipment.
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