American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hard translucent yellow, orange, or brownish-yellow fossil resin, used for making jewelry and other ornamental objects.
- n. A brownish yellow.
- adj. Having the color of amber; brownish-yellow.
- adj. Made of or resembling amber: an amber necklace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel with one handle; a pail; a bucket; a pitcher.
- n. An old English measure of 4 bushels.
- n. Ambergris (which see).
- n. A mineralized pale-yellow, sometimes reddish or brownish, resin of extinct pine-trees, occurring in beds of lignite and in alluvial soils, but found in greatest abundance on the shores of the Baltic, between Königsberg and Memel, where it is thrown up by the sea. It is a hard, translucent, brittle substance, having a specific gravity of 1.07. It is without taste or smell, except when heated; it then emits a fragrant odor. Its most remarkable quality is its capability of becoming negatively electric by friction; indeed, the word electricity is derived from the Greek for amber,
ἤλεκτσον. It sometimes contains remains of extinct species of insects. It yields by distillation an empyreumatic oil consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons and succinic acid. It is now used chiefly for the mouthpieces of pipes and for beads, and in the arts for amber varnish. In mineralogy it is called succinite. Artificial amber is for the most part colophony.
- n. In the English versions of the Old Testament (Ezek. i. 4, 27; viii. 2) used to translate the Hebrew word chashmal, a shining metal, rendered in the Septuagint ēlektron, and in the Vulgate electrum. See electrum.
- n. Liquid-ambar.
- Consisting of or resembling amber; of the color of amber.
- Having the odor of ambergris.
- To scent or flavor with amber or ambergris.
- To make amber-colored.
- To inclose in amber.
- n. A brownish yellow colour.
- n. UK The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.
- n. biology, genetics, biochemistry The stop codon (nucleotide triplet) "UAG", or a mutant which has this stop codon at a premature place in its DNA sequence.
- adj. Of a brownish yellow colour, like that of most amber.
- v. transitive To perfume or flavour with ambergris.
- v. transitive To preserve in amber.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.
- n. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow.
- n. obsolete Ambergris.
- n. The balsam, liquidambar.
- adj. Consisting of amber; made of amber.
- adj. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored.
- v. To scent or flavor with ambergris.
- v. To preserve in amber.
- adj. of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
- n. a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry
- n. a deep yellow color
- From Middle French ambre, from Arabic عنبر (ʿanbar, "ambergris"), from Middle Persian 𐭠𐭭𐭡𐭫 (ambar, "ambergris"). Compare lamber, ambergris. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ambre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ambra, ambar, from Arabic 'anbar, ambergris, amber. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He frowned when he noticed that the word amber did not appear on the list of hair colors.”
“It oughta be preserved in amber cuz, after all, eveyrbody knows that prosperity causes poverty, and that prosperous nations where women were educated caused the Dark Ages.”
“So glad to hear amber is safe, glad he did the right thing.”
“I would definitely go along with the crowd in saying that amber is best.”
“Because, you know, writers and musicians and painters and dancers and what-the-hell-evers, we're all supposed to be bugs in amber, waiting patiently for someone to find us and identify with us, so that we may validate their existence.”
“By the early 1800s it had become traditional for women to gather amber from the sea, working with nets and long-handled digging tools.”
“Indeed, more amber is mined today than it was in the past.”
“Ms. Constantinou's poetic piece "Preserved," a cube created from resin and shellac, with the impression inside of an architectural pillar as if preserved in amber, is the magical relic of an extended architectural project to devise a health spa on the Thames that would genetically modify malarial mosquitoes to cure the immune diseases of an ageing population.”
“These stalls boast true amber, and for the asking you'll be shown pieces in the rough, how to identify the fakes, and how raw amber is fashioned into fine jewelery.”
“The 1982 disappearance and apparent murder of a teenaged girl from the small town of Chabot, Miss. ( "population give or take five hundred"), has frozen in amber the life of Larry Ott, the last person known to have seen the girl.”
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