Definitions for PEARLpɜrl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pearlpɜrl(n.)

  1. a smooth, rounded bead, composed chiefly of aragonite, formed around an irritating foreign body within the shells of oysters and other mollusks: valued as a gem when lustrous and finely colored.

    Category: Invertebrates, Jewelry

  2. something resembling this, as various synthetic substances used in costume jewelry.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. something similar in form or luster.

  4. something precious or choice:

    pearls of wisdom.

  5. a very pale gray, often with a bluish tinge.

  6. Category: Jewelry

    Ref: mother-of-pearl . 1

  7. a 5-point type.

    Category: Printing

  8. (v.t.)to adorn with or as if with pearls.

  9. to make like a pearl, as in form or color.

  10. (v.i.)to dive or search for pearls.

  11. to assume a pearllike form or appearance.

  12. (adj.)of or resembling a pearl.

  13. set or adorned with or consisting of pearls or mother-of-pearl.

    Category: Jewelry

  14. having or reduced to small, round grains.

Origin of pearl:

1300–50; ME perle < MF < It or VL *perla (> G Perle, OE pærl), for L *pernula, dim. of perna sea mussel

pearl′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pearl(noun)

    a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel

  2. bone, ivory, pearl, off-white(noun)

    a shade of white the color of bleached bones

  3. drop, bead, pearl(verb)

    a shape that is spherical and small

    "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"

  4. pearl(verb)

    gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pearl(noun)ɜrl

    a small white round jewel

    a pearl necklace

Wiktionary

  1. pearl(Noun)

    A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones.

  2. pearl(Noun)

    Something precious.

  3. pearl(Noun)

    A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing liquid for e.g. medicinal application.

  4. pearl(Noun)

    Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.

  5. pearl(Noun)

    A whitish speck or film on the eye.

  6. pearl(Noun)

    A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.

  7. pearl(Noun)

    A light-colored tern.

  8. pearl(Noun)

    One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.

  9. pearl(Noun)

    Five-point size of type, between agate and diamond.

  10. pearl(Verb)

    To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.

  11. pearl(Verb)

    To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.

  12. pearl(Verb)

    To resemble pearl or pearls.

  13. pearl(Verb)

    To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.

  14. pearl(Verb)

    to dig the nose of one's surfboard into the water, often on takeoff.

  15. pearl(Noun)

    A fringe or border.

  16. Pearl(ProperNoun)

    from the English noun pearl.

  17. Origin: From perle, from perla. The surfing sense is from “pearl diving”, it being imagined the surfer is diving down for pearls.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pearl(noun)

    a fringe or border

  2. Pearl

    to fringe; to border

  3. Pearl(noun)

    a shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones

  4. Pearl(noun)

    hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious

  5. Pearl(noun)

    nacre, or mother-of-pearl

  6. Pearl(noun)

    a fish allied to the turbot; the brill

  7. Pearl(noun)

    a light-colored tern

  8. Pearl(noun)

    one of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler

  9. Pearl(noun)

    a whitish speck or film on the eye

  10. Pearl(noun)

    a capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether

  11. Pearl(noun)

    a size of type, between agate and diamond

  12. Pearl(adj)

    of or pertaining to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl

  13. Pearl(verb)

    to set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively

  14. Pearl(verb)

    to cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley

  15. Pearl(verb)

    to resemble pearl or pearls

  16. Pearl(verb)

    to give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling

Freebase

  1. Pearl

    A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusc. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor, and often, artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls. Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past they were also stitched onto lavish clothing. Pearls have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines, and in paint formulations.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PEARL

    A small round product manufactured by an oyster, bought by a lobster and worn by a butterfly.


Translations for PEARL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pearl(noun)

a valuable, hard, round object formed by oysters and several other shellfish

The necklace consists of three strings of pearls; (also adjective) a pearl necklace.

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