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Webster 1913 Edition


Agate

A-gate′

,
adv.
[Pref.
a-
on +
gate
way.]
On the way; agoing;
as, to be
agate
; to set the bells
agate
.
[Obs.]
Cotgrave.

Ag′ate

,
Noun.
[F.
agate
, It.
agata
, L.
achates
, fr. Gr. [GREEK].]
1.
(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.
☞ The fortification agate, or Scotch pebble, the moss agate, the clouded agate, etc., are familiar varieties.
2.
(Print.)
A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
☞ This line is printed in the type called agate.
3.
A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
[Obs.]
Shak.
4.
A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; – so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.

Webster 1828 Edition


Agate

AGA'TE

,
adv.
[a and gate.] On the way; going. Obs.

Definition 2022


Agate

Agate

See also: agate

Latvian

Proper noun

Agate f

  1. A female given name.

Related terms

References

  • Klāvs Siliņš: Latviešu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
  • Population Register of Latvia: Agate was the only given name of 590 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.

agate

agate

See also: Agate

English

Agate

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæɡət/

Noun

agate (countable and uncountable, plural agates)

  1. (countable, uncountable, mineralogy) A semi-pellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen, with colors delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.
  2. (uncountable, US printing, dated) The size of type between pearl and nonpareil, standardized as 5½-point.
  3. (countable, obsolete) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
  4. (countable) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.;so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
  5. (slang, chiefly in the plural) A testicle.
Synonyms
  • (type size): (UK) ruby
Hyponyms
  • (mineralogy): fortification agate, Scotch pebble; moss agate, clouded agate
Derived terms
Related terms
Translations

Etymology 2

a- (on) + gate (way)

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌˈɡat/

Adverb

agate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) On the way; agoing.
    to be agate; to set the bells agate
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cotgrave to this entry?)

Esperanto

Adverb

agate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of agi

French

Noun

agate m (plural agates)

  1. agate

Ido

Verb

agate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of agar

Italian

Noun

agate f

  1. plural of agata