American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several common, widespread aluminum or calcium silicate minerals occurring in two internally isomorphic series, (Mg, Mn, Fe)3Al2Si3O12 and Ca3(Cr, Al, Fe)2Si3O12, generally crystallized, often embedded in igneous and metamorphic rocks, and colored red, brown, black, green, yellow, or white and used both as gemstones and as abrasives.
- n. A dark to very dark red.
- n. Nautical A tackle for hoisting light cargo.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. “(Webster); cf. garnet-apple. The ult. source is the same; granat and grenade are doublets.] A common mineral species embracing many varieties, which, while conforming to the same general formula, differ in composition and hence also in color, specific gravity, and fusibility. It generally occurs in distinct embedded crystals belonging to the isometric system, the rhombic dodecahedron and trapezohedron being the commonest forms. There are also massive granular varieties. It is hard, brittle, and more or less transparent. The red varieties are most common, but white, yellow, green, brown, and black also occur. The prominent varieties are: the lime-alumina garnet, including the grossular garnet, succinite, and cinnamon-stone or hessonite; the magnesia-alumina garnet, including pyrope; the iron-alumina garnet, including the almandin or the precious garnet and much common garnet; the manganese-alumina garnet or spessartite; the lime-iron garnet, sometimes called in general andradite, including haplome, colophonite, topazolite, demantoid, and melanite; the lime-chrome garnet or ouvarovite. Garnets are commonly found in gneiss, mica schist, granite, and hornblende rocks. Eclogite is a rock consisting largely of garnet. The precious garnet is transparent and deep-red, includes some pyrope, and is prized as a gem, as is also the brilliant bright-green demantoid from Siberia.
- n. Nautical:
- n. A sort of tackle fixed to the mainstay, and used to hoist in and out the cargo.
- n. A clue-garnet.
- n. A pendant rove through a hole in the spar-deck, hooked to a pendent tackle, and used in mounting or dismounting guns on the gun-deck. Also called gurnet.
- n. nautical A tackle for hoisting cargo in or out.
- n. mineralogy A hard transparent mineral that is often used as gemstones and abrasives.
- n. A dark red.
- adj. Of a dark red colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A mineral having many varieties differing in color and in their constituents, but with the same crystallization (isometric), and conforming to the same general chemical formula. The commonest color is red, the luster is vitreous, and the hardness greater than that of quartz. The dodecahedron and trapezohedron are the common forms.
- n. (Naut.) A tackle for hoisting cargo in or out.
- n. any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive
- From Middle English granate, from Old French grenate, from grenat ("pomegranate red"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French grenate, from grenat, pomegranate-red, probably from Latin grānātum, pomegranate, from neuter of grānātus, seedy; see pomegranate.Middle English garnett, probably from Middle Dutch garnāt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That sinking feeling was back … and every University of South Carolina fan clad in garnet-and-black at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday afternoon could feel it.”
“A blend of 80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 3% malbec and 2% petit verdot, this medium-dark garnet is very old world on the nose.”
“The name garnet has been used since ancient times.”
“The use of "demantoid" alone, if a noun may be made from the adjective, would avoid both the confusion with the mineral olivine, and the cheapening effect of the word garnet, and would at the same time suggest some of the most striking properties of the material.”
““It’s a jewel box, as well,” explained Daddy, slipping on my finger a tiny gold ring with a red stone he called a garnet.”
“One case contained a set of the abrasive materials, the most important of these being garnet, which is found in great quantities in the Adirondacks.”
“Look for the so-called garnet star μ, probably the reddest star visible to the naked eye in the United States.”
“WGI's principal mineral product is garnet, which is used as an abrasive in sandblast cleaning and waterjet cutting of metals, stone, concrete, ceramics, and other materials.”
“It's interesting, because although the color isn't particularly vivid or saturated, the stone isn't milky or murky at all; there's definitely a lot of sparkle going on. p.s. Wintersweet might be thinking of tsavorite garnet, which is a beautiful stone but isn't quite as hard as a corundum.”
“Grains of other weathering-resistant minerals (such as garnet, rutile, ruby, sapphire, zircon, etc.) are often found in quartz sand as well.”
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