What does amber mean?

Definitions for amber
ˈæm bəram·ber

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amber, goldnoun

    a deep yellow color

    "an amber light illuminated the room"; "he admired the gold of her hair"

  2. amberadjective

    a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry

  3. amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brownadjective

    of a medium to dark brownish yellow color


  1. ambernoun

    A hard, generally yellow to brown translucent fossil resin, used for jewellery. One variety, blue amber, appears blue rather than yellow under direct sunlight.

  2. ambernoun

    The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.

  3. ambernoun

    The stop codon (nucleotide triplet) "UAG", or a mutant which has this stop codon at a premature place in its DNA sequence.

    an amber codon, an amber mutation, an amber suppressor

  4. ambernoun

    Ambergris, the waxy product of the sperm whale.

  5. amberverb

    To perfume or flavour with ambergris.

    ambered wine

  6. amberverb

    To preserve in amber.

    an ambered fly

  7. amberadjective

    Of a brownish yellow colour, like that of most amber.

  8. Etymology: From amber, from ambre, from ambre, from ambar, from عنبر

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amberadjective

    Consisting of amber.

    With scarfs, and fans, and double charge of brav’ry,
    With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knav’ry. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

  2. AMBERnoun

    A yellow transparent substance of a gummous or bituminous consistence, but a resinous taste, and a smell like oil of turpentine; chiefly found in the Baltick sea, along the coasts of Prussia. Some naturalists refer it to the vegetable, others to the mineral, and some even to the animal kingdom. Pliny describes it as a resinous juice, oozing from aged pines and firs, and discharged thence into the sea; where, undergoing some alteration, it is thrown, in this form, upon the shores of Prussia, which lie very low. He adds, that it was hence the ancients gave it the denomination of succinum, from succus, juice. This opinion of the ancient naturalist is confirmed by the observation of many of the moderns, particularly Father Camelli. Philos. Transact. No290. Some have imagined it a concretion of the tears of birds; others, the urine of a beast; others, the scum of the lake Cephisis, near the Atlantick; others, a congelation formed in the Baltick, and in some fountains, where it is found swimming like pitch. Others suppose it a bitumen trickling into the sea from subterraneous sources; but this opinion is also discarded, as good amber having been found in digging at a considerable distance from the sea, as that gathered on the coast. Herman Boerhaave ranks it with camphire, which is a concrete oil of aromatick plants, elaborated by heat into a crystalline form. Amber assumes all figures in the ground; that of a pear, an almond, a pea; and, among others, there have been found letters very well formed, and even Hebrew and Arabick characters. Within some pieces of amber have been found leaves, and insects included; which seems to indicate, either that the amber was originally in a fluid state, or, that having been exposed to the sun, it was softened, and rendered susceptible of the leaves and insects. Amber, when rubbed, draws or attracts bodies to it; and, by friction, is brought to yield light pretty copiously in the dark. Some distinguish amber into yellow, white, brown, and black: but the two latter are supposed to be of a different nature and denomination; the one called jet, the other ambergris. The white is most valued for medicinal uses, and the yellow for being wrought into beads and toys, because of its transparency. Trev. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: from ambar, Arab. whence the lower writers formed ambarum.

    Liquid amber, is a kind of native balsam or resin, like turpentine; clear, reddish, or yellowish; of a pleasant smell, almost like ambergris. It flows from an incision made in the bark of a fine large tree in New Spain, called by the natives ososol; but it hardens, as it grows older, into a solid form, and is brought to us in barrels. It is reputed an excellent balsam. Ephraim Chambers.

    If light penetrateth any clear body, that is coloured, as painted glass, amber, water, and the like, it gives the light the colour of its medium. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    No interwoven reeds a garland made,
    To hide his brows within the vulgar shade;
    But poplar wreathes around his temples spread,
    And tears of amber trickled down his head. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    The spoils of elephants the roofs inlay,
    And studded amber darts a golden ray. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. Amber

    Amber is fossilized tree resin that has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used in jewelry. It has also been used as a healing agent in folk medicine. There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. Amber occurring in coal seams is also called resinite, and the term ambrite is applied to that found specifically within New Zealand coal seams.


  1. amber

    Amber is a fossilized tree resin, which is appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. It comes in a range of different colors including yellow, orange, brown and even green or blue. Amber is often used in jewelry and has also been used in folk medicine. It can sometimes contain animal or plant material as inclusions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambernoun

    a yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric

  2. Ambernoun

    amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky

  3. Ambernoun


  4. Ambernoun

    the balsam, liquidambar

  5. Amberadjective

    consisting of amber; made of amber

  6. Amberadjective

    resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored

  7. Amberverb

    to scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine

  8. Amberverb

    to preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly

  9. Etymology: [OE. aumbre, F. ambre, Sp. mbar, and with the Ar. article, almbar, fr. Ar. 'anbar ambergris.]


  1. AMBER

    AMBER is a family of force fields for molecular dynamics of biomolecules originally developed by the late Peter Kollman's group at the University of California, San Francisco. AMBER is also the name for the molecular dynamics software package that simulates these force fields. It is maintained by an active collaboration between David Case at Rutgers University, Tom Cheatham at the University of Utah, Tom Darden at NIEHS, Ken Merz at Florida, Carlos Simmerling at Stony Brook University, Ray Luo at UC Irvine, and Junmei Wang at Encysive Pharmaceuticals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amber

    am′bėr, n. a yellowish fossil resin, used in making ornaments.—adjs. Am′bered (obs.), flavoured with amber or ambergris; Amb′ery. [Fr.—Ar. ‛anbar, ambergris.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Amber

    a fossil resin, generally yellow and semi-transparent, derived, it is presumed, from certain extinct coniferous trees; becomes electric by friction, and gives name to electricity, the Greek word for it being electron; has been fished up for centuries in the Baltic, and is now used in varnishes and for tobacco pipes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Amber

    A yellowish fossil resin, the gum of several species of coniferous trees, found in the alluvial deposits of northeastern Germany. It is used in molecular biology in the analysis of organic matter fossilized in amber.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Amber

    Amber is a fossil resin, supposed to be a product of the extinct Pinites Succinifer and other coniferous trees. Most of it is gathered on the shores of the Baltic between Koenigsberg and Memel. It is also found in small pieces at Gay Head, Mass., and in New Jersey green sand. It is found among the prehistoric remains of the Swiss Lake dwellers. When rubbed with a cloth it becomes excited with negative electricity. The Greek word for it is electron, which gave the name electricity to the modern science. Thales of Miletus, 600 B. C., and Theophrastus, about 300 B. C., both mention its electric properties or power of attracting small objects when rubbed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. amber

    A hard resinous substance of vegetable origin, generally of a bright yellow colour, and translucent. It is chiefly obtained from the southern shores of the Baltic, and those of Sicily, where it is thrown up by the sea, but it also occurs in beds of lignite.

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  1. Amber

    a transparent, clear, pale yellowish brown; of the color of amber [a mixture of pale cadmium yellow and a little burnt umber].

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. AMBER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Amber is ranked #33121 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Amber surname appeared 691 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Amber.

    82.7% or 572 total occurrences were White.
    8.6% or 60 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for amber »

  1. bream

  2. embar

  3. bearm

  4. bemar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amber in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of amber in a Sentence

  1. Allison Jean:

    Amber Guyger needs to sit where Amber Guyger is in prison and accept responsibility for what Amber Guyger did to my son, my family, my country, my world.

  2. Kanye West:

    If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn't be an Amber Rose, it's very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that's with Amber Rose... I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.

  3. Allison Jean:

    Our life has just been turned upside down as a result of Amber Guyger's action, and Amber Guyger needs to leave us alone right now, amber Guyger's done enough harm.

  4. Douglas Gladden:

    This is a murder case, not a criminal trespass case. When Amber Guyger shot Allison Jean, Amber Guyger didn't take someone else's property. Amber Guyger took the life of a human being.

  5. Miko Uno:

    No one talks about it, hiroshima represents peace today, added Amber Whaley, Amber Whaley, the daughter of a U.S. Marine and a Japanese woman.

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