from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Made of or resembling adamant.
- adjective Having the hardness or luster of a diamond.
- adjective Unyielding; inflexible.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Made of adamant; having the qualities of adamant; impenetrable.
- Resembling the diamond in hardness or in luster.
- Corundum, from its hardness or peculiar occasional luster. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Made of adamant, or having the qualities of adamant; incapable of being broken, dissolved, or penetrated.
- adjective (Min.) Like the diamond in hardness or luster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Made of
adamant, or having the qualities of adamant; incapable of being broken, dissolved, or penetrated; as, adamantine bonds or chains.
- adjective Like the
diamondin hardnessor luster.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having the hardness of a diamond
- adjective impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
- adjective consisting of or having the hardness of adamant
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Maybe it's the word adamantine's magnetic lure and
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The word 'adamantine' is connected with the Greek adamas, meaning 'unconquerable.'
The lustre of this is the true "adamantine," or diamond, brilliancy, and the other and impure divisions of this particular lustre are: _splendent_, when objects are reflected perfectly, but of a lower scale of perfection than the true
In that crystal air, instinct with its delicate, dominant implication of things imponderable, the personality of each persisted undisturbed, in a kind of adamantine unconsciousness.
Here was stored almost every small article required by humanity, from an inflamed emery cushion to a peppermint Gibraltar -- the latter a kind of adamantine confectionery which, when I reflect upon it, raises in me the wonder that any
"adamantine" standard, which is absolutely flawless.
Even when, later still, the general's eager hand, stretching forth for the dusky flagon (it was sacrilege to sweep away those insignia of age and respectability), managed to capsize the candelabrum and sent the fluid "adamantine" spattering a treasured table-cloth (how quick the dash of the young trooper's hand upon the flame -- and its extinction!), a gentle smile was the sole rebuke, followed by a "Thank you, Mr. Harris.
If you shoot Captain America at point blank (careful to get under his adamantine chainmail shirt), the bullet rends regular old, human flesh and bone, and he dies.
It was nice, however, to see the iconic moment that Wolverine rises out of the adamantine injection tank and, you know, kicks ass.