• WordNet 3.6
    • n gem art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
    • n gem a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
    • n gem a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan
    • n gem a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
    • n gem a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry "he had the gem set in a ring for his wife","she had jewels made of all the rarest stones"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australia has had stamps that actually look like gems. In 1995 and 1996 they used a special technology to make the stamps look like diamonds and opals.
    • Gem (Bot) A bud. "From the joints of thy prolific stem
      A swelling knot is raised called a gem ."
    • Gem A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.
    • Gem Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise saying.
    • Gem To adorn with gems or precious stones.
    • Gem To embellish or adorn, as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed with dewdrops. "England is . . . gemmed with castles and palaces."
    • Gem To put forth in the form of buds. "Gemmed their blossoms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Found in 1905, the original 3,100 carats were cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family's collection.
    • n gem A bud; especially, a leaf-bud. See gemma, 1.
    • n gem A precious stone of any kind, as the diamond, ruby, topaz, emerald, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornamental purposes; a jewel.
    • n gem Something likened to a gem; a beautiful, splendid, or costly object.
    • n gem In entomology, the small geometrid moth Camptogramma fluviata: an English collectors' name.
    • gem To put forth in buds; bud.
    • gem To adorn with gems, jewels, or precious stones.
    • gem To bespangle; embellish or adorn as if with gems: as, foliage gemmed with dewdrops.
    • n gem The name given by English type-founders to a body of type that is intermediate between brilliant and diamond.
    • n gem A cake made with flour or corn meal, sometimes sweetened, and usually baked in a sheet of small, shallow pans.
    • gem To exploit in searching for gems; search for gems in: as, the right to gem a river or a tract of land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gem jem any precious stone, esp. when cut: anything extremely valuable or attractive, a treasure
    • v.t Gem (obs.) to bud: to adorn with gems: to bespangle:—pr.p. gem′ming; pa.p. gemmed
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.”
  • Sri Anandamayi Ma
    Sri Anandamayi Ma
    “Precious gems are profoundly buried in the earth and can only be extracted at the expense of great labor.”
  • Bengali Hymn
    Bengali Hymn
    “Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty! If you descend to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of love.”
  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gemme, precious stone, F. gemme, fr. L. gemma, a precious stone, bud


In literature:

He traced his ancestry from dukes and noble princes, who shone near thee as a precious gem.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White
I do not fear that this gem will meet with mishap in your possession.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
The "Romanza" is a gem of the first water.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Bright shine the helmets strewn with gold and gems, And shields and hauberks graved.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
The little islands off Hyeres look like gems in the clear dark sea.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
Or is there any other wealthy Florentine specially addicted to purchasing antique gems?
"Romola" by George Eliot
I saw that it was costing her a pang to part with the gem; but necessity knows no law.
"Ups and Downs in the Life of a Distressed Gentleman" by William L. Stone
This little cottage is a gem, I admit.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
They have the same rank as gems amongst us.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Where this natural washing ends, the gem collector begins.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold

In poetry:

And every snow-tipped peak grows pink
An iridescent gem!
My heart beats quick, with joy, to think
How I am nearing them!
"To The Hills!" by Govinda Krishna Chettur
I held one dearer than each day
Of life God sets in limpid gold--
What thief hath stole that gem away
To leave me poor and old!
"Last Days" by Madison Julius Cawein
But ah, when for her prisoned gems
She peeped, to prove them there,
No glories broken from their stems
Lay in the kerchief bare!
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
Few would have hoarded many a gem,
Of those who shared them first;
And O, how many, even of them,
Had, in that gift, been cursed!
"Hymns for Communion VI" by John Pierpont
Like him who mourns a jewel lost
In some unfathomable sea,
The precious gem he cherish'd most—
So, dearest, do I mourn for thee.
"Suggested On Visiting The Grave Of A Dear Friend" by John Marchborn Cooley
Alas ! too late; — the little gem
Falls o'er a rose-bud fair,
And, pendant on the flow'ret's stem,
It hangs, and glitters there.
"To the Maid of Erin" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

Friday afternoon thieves stole an estimated $2 million worth of gold nuggets and gems from the museum, articles which date back to the mid-1800s.
If you liked the 30 stars featured in our annual Spring Makeup O-Wards, you'll love these gems, too.
Mets Knuckleballer Tosses Second Straight One-Hit Gem.
Outside, it's an art deco gem.
For over 22 years, our community has managed to love, nurture and support an amazing gem KZFR 90.1 FM Community Radio.
Mid-June gems of live music.
Au Midi 's hidden kitchen delivers one French gem after another.
We tried Sunday brunch at this roadside gem just north of Bedford.
Restored 'Pépé Le Moko ' truly is a screen gem.
Grass fire burned about 150 acres near Gem-Ada County line Wednesday afternoon.
IN the eyes of Ralph Destino, chairman of Cartier Inc, not all gems are equal.
Late last week I spied a lone gem glistening in the rough of my inbox–an invitation to blog about the Saint Louis Symphony's April 10 program in exchange for a pair of tickets.
Tony's Pizzeria is an old-school gem.
But it you had, you would have seen this telling gem.
Lots of sites have linked to this gem.

In science:

Long & Gilliland (1999) have shown how this technique is inaccurate for U Gem.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Method of calculation The procedure of exploring the GEM structure taken by us is partitioned into two stages: (i) global migration on the potential energy surface (PES) and (ii) local optimization of the candidate structures found in (i).
Theoretical study of metal-encapsulating Si cage clusters: Revealing the nature of their peculiar geometries
In the GEM searches of pure Si clusters , the simulation usually starts from global sampling of the PES by using tight-binding (TB) parameters whose accuracy to reproduce some quantities of a bulk Si crystal has been established relatively well.
Theoretical study of metal-encapsulating Si cage clusters: Revealing the nature of their peculiar geometries
The observations of the cepheid ζ Gem were obtained with the 1.0m telescope of Vainu Bappu Observatory at Kavalur, India.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
As a preliminary for the proof of Proposition 14 (i), we recall the following well known lemma, which characterizes the distribution of a sequence (Qj ), known as the GEM (θ) distribution after Griffiths, Engen and McCloskey.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge