American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
- n. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book.
- n. A beloved or highly prized person.
- n. A type of muffin.
- v. To adorn with or as if with precious or semiprecious stones.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bud; especially, a leaf-bud. See gemma, 1.
- n. A precious stone of any kind, as the diamond, ruby, topaz, emerald, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornamental purposes; a jewel.
- n. Something likened to a gem; a beautiful, splendid, or costly object.
- n. In entomology, the small geometrid moth Camptogramma fluviata: an English collectors' name.
- To put forth in buds; bud.
- To adorn with gems, jewels, or precious stones.
- To bespangle; embellish or adorn as if with gems: as, foliage gemmed with dewdrops.
- n. The name given by English type-founders to a body of type that is intermediate between brilliant and diamond.
- n. A cake made with flour or corn meal, sometimes sweetened, and usually baked in a sheet of small, shallow pans.
- To exploit in searching for gems; search for gems in: as, the right to gem a river or a tract of land.
- n. A precious stone, usually of substantial monetary value or prized for its beauty or shine.
- n. figuratively any precious or highly valued thing or person
- n. obsolete a gemma or leaf-bud
- n. a type of geometrid moth, Orthonama obstipata
- n. computing A package containing programs or libraries for the Ruby programming language.
- v. transitive To adorn with, or as if with, gems.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A bud.
- n. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.
- n. Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise saying.
- v. rare, rare To put forth in the form of buds.
- v. To adorn with gems or precious stones.
- v. To embellish or adorn, as with gems.
- n. a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
- n. a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
- n. art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
- n. a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan
- n. a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry
- Old English ġimm, from Latin gemma; refashioned in Middle English under the influence of Old French gemme. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This gem is a rock that comprises numerous minerals including Charoite.”
“This gem is about a man that just wants to find out how the book ends.”
“This gem is the most challenging to obtain, as it is the legal document that establishes the company where you intend to work.”
“It appears that the Duke, who is a very charming, kindly man, has, like myself, a passion both for cathedral architecture and for organ music; he dwelt much upon Burgos, which he called the gem of Spanish cathedrals.”
“I realize that your current gem is lightyears ahead but I assume you started somewhere … any thoughts?”
“Least we forget this gem from the Murtha thread: drhunt says:”
“Update: Wildwood, N.J., director Ruth Leitman contacted me to say that she's thrilled about the attention this unreleased gem is receiving and that she's going to start to sell copies of the film via her site within the next few days.”
“Moreover, Dr. Duckor has long contended that many collectors do not realize that many 20th century gold coins are extreme condition rarities in gem uncirculated grades, MS-65 and higher.”
“The gist of this cinematic gem is that an ordinary family wins a rather unordinary prize -- a smart house, complete with a holographic live-in maid who does everything from cleaning to cooking to mothering this single-parent family.”
“The 54th anniversary of Larsen's gem is this Friday.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘gem’.
With the exception of abbreviations and mosaic words all types of words (proper names, past tense of verbs, etc.) are allowed.
Good for poetry, or just artistic on their own.
A list of English words that are three letters long.
3 letter words, not the girl band.
boggle and speed scrabble would not be half as fun without them.
My big word list.
short, sweet, epic, catchy, sassy, sexy & sizzling.
( personal list, randomness )
Looking for tweets for gem.