a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem
rhombus, rhomb, diamond(noun)
a parallelogram with four equal sides; an oblique-angled equilateral parallelogram
a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more red rhombuses on it
"he led a small diamond"; "diamonds were trumps"
baseball diamond, diamond, infield(noun)
the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
ball field, baseball field, diamond(noun)
the baseball playing field
A glimmering glass-like mineral that is an allotrope of carbon in which each atom is surrounded by four others in the form of a tetrahedron.
The saw is coated with diamond.
A gemstone made from this mineral.
The dozen loose diamonds sparkled in the light.
A ring containing a diamond.
What a beautiful engagement diamond.
A very pale blue color/colour.
Something that resembles a diamond.
A rhombus, especially when oriented so that its longer axis is vertical.
The polyiamond made up of two triangles.
The entire field of play used in the game.
The infield of a baseball field.
The teams met on the diamond.
to adorn with or as if with diamonds
A card of the diamonds suit.
I have only one diamond in my hand.
made of, or containing diamond, a diamond or diamonds.
He gave her diamond earrings.
of, relating to, or being a sixtieth anniversary.
Today is their diamond wedding anniversary.
of, relating to, or being a seventy-fifth anniversary.
Today is their diamond wedding anniversary.
of modern usage, from the name of the gem.
Origin: From diamant, from diamas, from adamas, from ἀδάμας, from ἀ- + δαμάζω.
a precious stone or gem excelling in brilliancy and beautiful play of prismatic colors, and remarkable for extreme hardness
a geometrical figure, consisting of four equal straight lines, and having two of the interior angles acute and two obtuse; a rhombus; a lozenge
one of a suit of playing cards, stamped with the figure of a diamond
a pointed projection, like a four-sided pyramid, used for ornament in lines or groups
the infield; the square space, 90 feet on a side, having the bases at its angles
the smallest kind of type in English printing, except that called brilliant, which is seldom seen
resembling a diamond; made of, or abounding in, diamonds; as, a diamond chain; a diamond field
Origin: [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. . Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. transparent. See Adamant, Tame.]
In mineralogy, diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. Diamond is less stable than graphite, but the conversion rate from diamond to graphite is negligible at ambient conditions. Diamond is renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong covalent bonding between its atoms. In particular, diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material. Those properties determine the major industrial application of diamond in cutting and polishing tools and the scientific applications in diamond knives and diamond anvil cells. Diamond has remarkable optical characteristics. Because of its extremely rigid lattice, it can be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as boron and nitrogen. Combined with wide transparency, this results in the clear, colorless appearance of most natural diamonds. Small amounts of defects or impurities color diamond blue, yellow, brown, green, purple, pink, orange or red. Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion, which results in its characteristic luster. Excellent optical and mechanical properties, notably unparalleled hardness and durability, make diamond the most popular gemstone.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dī′a-mond, n. the most valuable of all gems, and the hardest of all substances: a four-sided figure with two obtuse and two acute angles: one of the four suits of cards: one of the smallest kinds of English printing type.—adj. resembling diamonds: made of diamonds: marked with diamonds: lozenge-shaped, rhombic.—ns. Dī′amond-bee′tle, a beautiful sparkling South American weevil; Dī′amond-cut′ting, diamond-setting; Dī′amond-drill, an annular borer whose bit is set with borts; Dī′amond-dust, Dī′amond-pow′der, the powder made by the friction of diamonds on one another in the course of polishing.—adjs. Dī′amonded, furnished with diamonds; Diamondif′erous, yielding diamonds.—n. Dī′amond-wheel, a wheel covered with diamond-dust and oil for polishing diamonds and other precious stones.—Diamond cut diamond, the case of an encounter between two very sharp persons.—Rough diamond, an uncut diamond: a person of great worth, though of rude exterior and unpolished manners. [M. E. adamaunt—O. Fr. adamant—L. adamanta, accus. of adamas—Gr. adamas, adamantos, adamant—a, not, damaein, to tame.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name of Newton's favourite dog that, by upsetting a lamp, set fire to MSS. containing notes of experiments made over a course of years, an irreparable loss.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Diamond. A crystalline form of carbon that occurs as hard, colorless or tinted isomeric crystals. It is used as a precious stone, for cutting glass, and as bearings for delicate mechanisms. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A bright gem the sparkle of which sometimes renders a woman stone-blind to the defects of the man proffering it.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'diamond' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3823
Rank popularity for the word 'diamond' in Nouns Frequency: #2088
The numerical value of diamond in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of diamond in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of diamond in a Sentence
The greater the pressure the brighter the diamond.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
A muddied diamond is better than an unsullied pebble.
The diamond sector cannot take the demand curve for granted.
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
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Translations for diamond
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- الماس, الماسة, ديناريArabic
- brilyant, almazAzerbaijani
- бриллиант, алмас, гәүһәрBashkir
- алма́з, дыяме́нт, брылья́нтBelarusian
- диама́нт, каро́, бриля́нт, диамантенBulgarian
- diamant, camp interiorCatalan, Valencian
- deimwnt, diemwntWelsh
- ruder, diamantDanish
- Brillant, Karo, DiamantGerman
- gema, diamanteSpanish
- ruutu, teemantEstonian
- الماس, خشتPersian
- [[hyvin]] [[vaalea, ruutu, timantti, baseballkenttä, hailakansininen, [[baseball, timantti-Finnish
- diamant, carreau, diamanterFrench
- diamantWestern Frisian
- diamant, muileata, diamaintIrish
- gyémánt, káróHungarian
- ադամանդ, ալմաստ, ագուռArmenian
- intan, berlianIndonesian
- ダイヤ, ダイヤモンド, 金剛石Japanese
- ალმასი, ბრილიანტიGeorgian
- ពេជ្រ, ត្បូងពេជ្រ, ការ៉ូKhmer
- deimantas, briliantasLithuanian
- dimants, briljantsLatvian
- каро́, дијама́нт, ба́клава, дијамантскиMacedonian
- intan, almasMalay
- inleggen met diamant, diamantDutch
- óolaNavajo, Navaho
- diament, karo, brylant, brylantowa, diamentowa, diamentowyPolish
- diamante, ourosPortuguese
- [[бейсбольный, адама́нт, бу́бны, алма́з, брю́лик, бриллиа́нт, алмазный, диама́нт, брилья́нт, ромб, бу́бнаRussian
- dijamant, дијамантSerbo-Croatian
- démant, diamántSlovene
- diamant, innerplan, ruter, brilliant, basebollplan, diamond, ruterkort, diamantbelägga, år, diamant-Swedish
- almasi, uruSwahili
- elmas, pırlantaTurkish
- алма́з, діама́нт, алмазUkrainian
- ہیرا, ہیرےUrdu
- kim cươngVietnamese
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