• WordNet 3.6
    • n jasper an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jasper (Min) An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking with a smooth surface. It admits of a high polish, and is used for vases, seals, snuff boxes, etc. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped jasperorbanded jasper. The Egyptian pebble is a brownish yellow jasper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jasper Among the ancients, a bright-colored chalcedony (not, however, including carnelian), translucent and varying in color, green being apparently most common. It was highly esteemed as a precious stone.
    • n jasper In modern usage, a closely compact crypto-crystalline variety of quartz, opaque or nearly so, and colored red, yellow, or brown, or less often green. The color is usually due to oxid of iron, the anhydrous oxid being present in the red, and the hydrated oxid in the yellow and brown varieties. Some kinds contain clay as an impurity, and a red jasper rock (sometimes called jasperite) occurs on a large scale with the iron ores of the Lake Superior region. The finer varieties of jasper admit of a good polish, and are used for vases, snuff-boxes, seals, etc. Banded or striped jasper (also called ribbon-jasper) is a kind having the color in broad stripes, as of red and green. Agate jasper has layers of chalcedony. Egyptian jasper, much used in ancient art, was found near the Nile, in nodules having zones of red, yellow, or brown colors. Porcelain jasper is merely a baked indurated clay, often of a bright-red color.
    • n jasper An earthenware made of pounded spar.
    • n jasper Same as jasper-ware.
    • jasper Same as jasperize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jasper jas′pėr a precious stone, being a hard siliceous mineral of various colours
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. jaspre, jaspe, OF. jaspre, jaspe, F. jaspe, L. iaspis, Gr. ; cf. Per. yashp, yashf, Ar. yashb, yasb, yasf, Heb. yāshpheh,. Cf. Diaper
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. jaspe—L. and Gr. iaspis—Ar. yasb.


In literature:

One is an engagement-ring, with an engraving in red jasper representing two hands clasped together.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
Benjamin Henderson was born September 8, 1858 in Jasper County, Monticello, Ga., the youngest of three children.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I went down as I had arranged, and was met at the station by his nephew, Jasper Bagwell.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
Heywood, Jasper, 111, 116.
"Early Theories of Translation" by Flora Ross Amos
There is no doubt that Jasper either murdered Drood or supposed that he had murdered him.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
In all our troop he's about the most harmless scout, except perhaps Jasper Merriweather.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
Jasper Dare went out into the night.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, May 3, 1916" by Various
My name's Jacobs: Jasper Jacobs.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
One evening this coterie gathered at the home of Jasper Staggs.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
We asked Jasper why he had given away his hooks and stockings.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts

In poetry:

Transparent lake reflects so clearly
The bridge curved in as if the jasper moon,
And friends who gathered at this hour See their reflections upside down.
"Porcelain Pavilion" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Thy little ones within the jasper portals,
There by the crystal sea he learns to sing
The new song only known to the immortals,
Promoted to the presence of the King
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke
Why should we journey to a distant star?
For lo! we dwell within the Land of Dream;
The walls of jasper round about us gleam,
Beneath our feet the golden pavements are.
"The Blessed Vale" by Thomas Chard
Oh ! 'tis the Murderer Jasper's shade
Whose pale-corse hangs on the heath hard by,
There does it wither and there does it fade,
And nightly swing to the cold-gale's sigh.
"The Murderer" by Laura Sophia Temple
Well done, my soul, well done,
Out of thy grief to rear a ladder tall
To reach the land that lies beyond the sun,
To scale the jasper wall,
And rise to glory on grief's stepping stone.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley
O! Jesus, our Master, command to beat faster
These weary life pulses that bring us to Thee,
Till, past the dark portal, we stand up immortal,
And sweep with hosannas the jasper lit sea.
"Chorus Of Fire" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry

In news:

The incident at Jasper's Deli , 1020 Green Acres Road, was reported just after 2 am Sunday.
The US Department of Justice announced Friday their intention to monitor municipal elections on May 12 in Dallas, Galveston, and Jasper Counties in Texas.
Which brings us to Derrick Jasper.
Five Jasper County football players named all-state by Des Moines Register.
COLUMBIA — Cutting discharge into the Savannah River will come with an estimated $30 million cost for the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.
JASPER, ALBERTA—The 14th hole at Jasper Park Lodge isn't long — it stretches just over 360 yards — but it sure is distracting .
WASHINGTON — John M and Linda Divine of Loogootee announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Andrea Lynn, to Byron Ronald Wening, son of Brent and Joan Wening of Jasper.
Three weeks into the 2012 high school season, the Jasper football team stands at 0-3 after falling to Pierce City, McAuley Catholic and Greenfield.
Mall spokesman Dan Jasper says unsupervised teenagers won't be allowed on Thanksgiving night, all day on Black Friday and the entire week between Christmas and New Year's.
Evans new Jasper mayor.
Two Towns of Jasper raises many questions about race relations, prejudice and privilege in America today.
Severe T'Storm Warning: Hampton, Jasper, Effingham, Screven Co. Matthew Devitt WSAV Storm Team 3 Published: November 04, 2012.
The Jasper County prosecutor's office has filed felony drug charges against three suspects arrested this past week by Joplin police.
Jasper — The 2012 Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will prove to be one of the best ever with over five million lights and holiday displays.

In science:

We thank Professor Jasper Wall for assistance and advice throughout the pro ject, and Anthony Challinor for useful comments.
Searching for non-Gaussianity in the VSA data
Jasper van Wezel and Jeroen van den Brink Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Universiteit Leiden, P.O.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Mechanics
It was Jasper’s suggestion to consider the general case m 6= n (the first version of the text contained only the case m = n).
Jack polynomials for the $BC_n$ root system and generalized spherical functions
In the words of Karl Jaspers the university as a phenomenon of culture brings together those who are willing to cognize scientifically and to live spiritually.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
Acknow ledgements The author is grateful to Joachim Krug and Jasper Franke for many helpful discussions and support on the sub ject of this review and Ivan Georg Szendro Ter´an for his input towards the completion of this work.
Records in stochastic processes -- Theory and applications