The Alternative English Dictionary: agate

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etymology 1 From Middle French agathe, from Latin achatēs, from Ancient Greek ἀχάτης 〈achátēs〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈæɡ.et/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, uncountable, mineral) 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, standardize 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, usually in plural) A testicle.
Synonyms: (type size) (UK) ruby
  • (mineralogy) fortification agate, Scotch pebble; moss agate, clouded agate
related terms:
  • aggie
etymology 2 a + gate pronunciation
  • (US) /ʌˈɡat/
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) On the way; agoing. to be agate; to set the bells agate {{rfquotek}}

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