onyx

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n onyx a chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Onyx A deep jet-black color.
    • Onyx (Min) Chalcedony in parallel layers of different shades of color. It is used for making cameos, the figure being cut in one layer with the next as a ground.
    • Onyx Same as Mexican onyx.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n onyx A variety of quartz, closely allied to agate, characterized by a structure in parallel bands differing in color or in degree of translucency: in the better kinds the layers are sharply defined and the colors white with black, brown, or red. In many cases the contrast of color is heightened by artificial means. The ancients valued the onyx very highly, and used it much for cameos, many of the finest cameos in existence being of this stone. See cut under banded.
    • n onyx An infiltration of pus between he layers of the cornea, resembling a nail.
    • n onyx In conchology: The piddock, Pholas dactylus.
    • n onyx A razor-shell; a bivalve of the family Solenidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Onyx on′iks (min.) an agate formed of layers of chalcedony of different colours, used for making cameos
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. See Nail, and cf. Onycha
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. onyx, onychos, a finger-nail.

Usage

In literature:

They consisted of coral, onyx, a few bad turquoises, crooked pearls, and many false stones.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
The bedellium and onyx stones and much gold abounding in and about the waters.
"The Secret of the Creation" by Howard D. Pollyen
The pulpit is of carved stone with inlaid slabs of American onyx.
"The Kensington District" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
About, lay cups of onyx set in gold.
"Stories in Verse" by Henry Abbey
Aunt Lizzie pitched headlong and with such force that when she struck Mr. Stott on the mouth with her onyx apple she cut his lip.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
There in the morning the cook-rice amahs found the onyx stones that had been their eyes.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
And now we stop at Onyx, a station of some importance.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
Among them was his onyx ring.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The huge reception hall was trimmed from floor to dome in onyx and gold.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The mantels and window-sills were of white onyx, with delicate vinings of pink and green.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
The onyx mantel-pieces, with mirrors, cost each $15,000.
"Shepp's Photographs of the World" by James W. Shepp
And the rulers brought onyx-stones, and stones to be set, and spice, and oil for the light.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
Harrasford was credited with designs for a palace in onyx and marble.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Dull gold is about the only ornament that can be worn, save a delicate onyx cameo.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The onyx eyes were fixed upon her with a polished pressure that must signify some enriched benevolence.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2" by Henry James
Onyx may be said to be the rage of Puebla.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The young man spun half a dozen times as he reeled across the carpet and he had to use both hands to stop himself against a big onyx table.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
It is about twice the size of a man, and standing on an onyx pillar about four feet high.
"The Demands of Rome" by Elizabeth Schoffen
I begged for my onyx, and told them it being engraved with my arms would betray them; but nothing prevailed.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
Onyx marbles are banded limestones of chemical origin with variegated colours such as white, yellow, green and red.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

The far immortal face
In chosen onyx fine
Enchase,
Delicate line by line.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Rosy hands, and hennaed fingers,
Nails whereon the onyx lingers,
Clasped, as at a lover's tale,
In the bosom's marble vale.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Tis nothing more, an' if she weep,
Than joy she cannot else reveal;
As onyx-gems of Pison keep
A tear-vein, where the sun may steal
Throughout their deep.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
You will follow the bare scarified breast
Nor will you be weary of calling my name, nor too weary
To place the last kiss on my lips
When the Syrian onyx is broken.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - VI" by Ezra Pound
Her pure nails sprung up exalting their onyx,
Anxiety, this midnight, bearing light, sustains,
In twilight many dreams burnt up by the Phoenix
Whose scattered ashes no sepulchral urn contains
"Anxiety" by Stephane Mallarme
Treasures of gems and gold, of statues and flowers and fountains,
Vases of onyx and jasper from Indian emperors sent;
Pictures out of the heart of tropical sunlit mountains,
Of rocks of porphyry piled at the gates of the Occident.
"The Burning of Chicago" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

'Sweeney Todd' run slays at the Onyx Theatre.
The stock of Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc soared 58 percent yesterday on news that the company's researchers had genetically engineered a common virus to selectively kill human cancer cells.
OCZ Technology Group has a new SSD, the Onyx Vertex, that at $100 for 32GB of capacity can serve as an entry point for someone curious about trying SSDs.
OCZ Launches New Onyx SSDs for Small Offices.
Bellevue, WA April 7, 2004 Onyx Software Corp.
Displaying results 1 - 25 of 15 for onyx .
Latest News What's New Spitzer Designs adds Green Onyx to Mediterranean Collection.
Onyx Building Walk-Through: An Apartment That's an Ode to New York.
Onyx & Breezy Foundation Sets Humans A-Twittering to Benefit Animals.
Merck &, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Among Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs Friday.
Weekly Q&A: Sirc Michaels, artistic director for Onyx Theatre & Off-Strip.
Sirius-XM XDNX1H1 Onyx Dock & Play Radio with Home Kit.
Le Creuset's Black Onyx collection.
7-day Forecast for Onyx .
A combination of onyx and travertine transformed a contemporary master bath into a Zen-like spa in a private residence in Excelsior, MN.
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In science:

The following results (differentiated by device) were obtained: the majority (n=11) of 18 probands testing the dedicated e-readers Kindle, Sony and Onyx stated that the e-reader was not an alternative for them, while seven probands indicated yes the device was an alternative. Further differences were noted by device.
Are e-readers suitable tools for scholarly work?
Important basic functions for working with text such as marking and annotating were evaluated as not very user-friendly in e-reader tests. The Onyx device tested lacked any further processing features such as exporting marked paragraphs and annotations.
Are e-readers suitable tools for scholarly work?
Given that it received user evaluations similar to the Sony and Onyx, the iPad did not verify our hypothesis H 3 for it to be the more accepted and user-friendly device when compared with dedicated e-readers; in contrast to findings by JISC (2011) and also Aaltonen et al. (2011).
Are e-readers suitable tools for scholarly work?
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