Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
  • noun Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection.
  • noun A beloved or highly prized person.
  • noun A type of muffin.
  • transitive verb To adorn with gems.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bud; especially, a leaf-bud. See gemma, 1.
  • noun A precious stone of any kind, as the diamond, ruby, topaz, emerald, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornamental purposes; a jewel.
  • noun Something likened to a gem; a beautiful, splendid, or costly object.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The name given by English type-founders to a body of type that is intermediate between brilliant and diamond.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare, rare To put forth in the form of buds.
  • transitive verb To adorn with gems or precious stones.
  • transitive verb To embellish or adorn, as with gems.
  • noun (Bot.) A bud.
  • noun A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.
  • noun 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.
  • noun an imitation of a gem, made of glass colored with metallic oxide. Cf. Paste, and Strass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A precious stone, usually of substantial monetary value or prized for its beauty or shine.
  • noun figuratively any precious or highly valued thing or person
  • noun obsolete a gemma or leaf-bud
  • noun a type of geometrid moth, Orthonama obstipata
  • noun computing A package containing programs or libraries for the Ruby programming language.
  • verb transitive To adorn with, or as if with, gems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  • noun a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
  • noun art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
  • noun a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan
  • noun a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English ġimm, from Latin gemma; refashioned in Middle English under the influence of Old French gemme.

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  • "4. A type of muffin."

    --American Heritage Dictionary

    January 13, 2011