- n. Plural form of agate.
“Stones, such as agates, which are found on the sea beach, or any stone which is required to be polished, is to be first ground down to a rough surface, then polished by successive rubbings of first, second, and third grit-stones of different degrees of fineness, lastly”
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
“From Germany we get the finest "agates," the beauty and value of which every lover of the game knows.”
“And south they went, along roads that steadily grew worse, through the dairy country of Langlois and through thick pine forests to Port Orford, where Saxon picked jeweled agates on the beach while Billy caught enormous rockcod.”
“Once there, we even survived a Timber Carnival, deep-sea fishing for salmon, an outing to Mount Hood, and collecting agates that had washed ashore.”
“Bobbi tells me that Ron likes to come to the beach and look for agates among the pebbles.”
“And it needs a control group, so they needed to get that oaf to kick a few unsuspecting punters in the agates as well.”
“But in the third or fourth grade I borrowed 5 or six agates, paid off the loan the same day, winnings increased with a newly found skill, and by the seventh grade it was difficult to find a challenger -- except one guy in the eighth grade with similar accuracy with his "shooters".”
“It would really be great if the GOP would “get their agates in a row” so that there could be some intellectual debates about the problems facing this country, instead of individuals such as Bachmann speaking so irresponsibly.”
“I understood why when I got to the water for the entire beach was formed of agates and looking into the shallow waters I could see dozens of different colours radiating from the stones in the most vivid tones of reds, blues greens, yellows, and a myriad blend of these.”
“But in the Midwest, you can find agates and things like that in these sand bars.”
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