What does ruby mean?

Definitions for ruby
ˈru biru·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubynoun

    a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem

  2. rubynoun

    a transparent deep red variety of corundum; used as a gemstone and in lasers

  3. crimson, ruby, deep redadjective

    a deep and vivid red color

  4. red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarletadjective

    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies


  1. Rubynoun

    A curry, short for Ruby Murray.

    We're going down the Indian for a Ruby - wanna join us?

  2. Rubynoun

    A female given name from English.

    And those are her two daughters, Opal and Ruby. Her husband, Joshua, named them. He said they were to be the jewels of his old age. She would never have thought of names like that. There wasn't an ounce of sentiment in her body.

  3. Rubynoun

    A surname.

  4. Rubynoun

    A male given name.

  5. Rubynoun

    A dynamic, reflective, general-purpose object-oriented programming language developed in the 1990s.

  6. Rubynoun

    A city in Alaska.

  7. Rubynoun

    A ghost town in Arizona

  8. Rubynoun

    A town in South Carolina.

  9. Rubynoun

    A town in Wisconsin.

  10. Rubynoun

    A settlement on the island of Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.

  11. Etymology: From the British 5.5-point font Ruby, used for annotations in printed documents.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. Ruby

    A ruby is a pinkish red to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). Ruby is one of the most popular traditional jewelry gems and is very durable. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. Ruby is one of the traditional cardinal gems, alongside amethyst, sapphire, emerald, and diamond. The word ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red. The color of a ruby is due to the element chromium. Some gemstones that are popularly or historically called rubies, such as the Black Prince's Ruby in the British Imperial State Crown, are actually spinels. These were once known as "Balas rubies". The quality of a ruby is determined by its color, cut, and clarity, which, along with carat weight, affect its value. The brightest and most valuable shade of red, called blood-red or pigeon blood, commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been treated. Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July and is usually pinker than garnet, although some rhodolite garnets have a similar pinkish hue to most rubies. The world's most valuable ruby to be sold at auction is the Sunrise Ruby.


  1. ruby

    A ruby is a precious gemstone that is characterized by its vibrant red color. It is one of the hardest gemstones, being surpassed only by diamonds. Ruby is a type of mineral called corundum, and gets its red color from the presence of chromium. It's considered one of the four precious stones, including diamond, sapphire, and emerald.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rubynoun

    a precious stone of a carmine red color, sometimes verging to violet, or intermediate between carmine and hyacinth red. It is a red crystallized variety of corundum

  2. Rubynoun

    the color of a ruby; carmine red; a red tint

  3. Rubynoun

    that which has the color of the ruby, as red wine. Hence, a red blain or carbuncle

  4. Rubynoun

    see Agate, n., 2

  5. Rubynoun

    any species of South American humming birds of the genus Clytolaema. The males have a ruby-colored throat or breast

  6. Rubyadjective

    ruby-colored; red; as, ruby lips

  7. Rubyverb

    to make red; to redden

  8. Etymology: [F. rubis (cf. Pr. robi), LL. rubinus, robinus, fr. L. rubeus red, reddish, akin to ruber. See Rouge, red.]


  1. Ruby

    A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond. Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The brightest and most valuable "red" called pigeon blood-red, commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been treated. Cut and carat are also an important factor in determining the price.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruby

    rōō′bi, n. a pure transparent red-coloured corundum, inferior in hardness to the diamond only among gems: redness, anything red: (her.) the tincture red or gules: (print.) a type smaller than nonpareil and larger than pearl—5½ points in the new system: the red bird of Paradise: the ruby hummer of Brazil.—adj. red.—v.t. to make red:—pa.t. and pa.p. ru′bied.adj. Ru′bied (Shak.), red as a ruby.—n. Ru′bine (Spens.), same as Ruby.—adj. Ru′bious (Shak.), ruby, red, ruddy.—ns. Ru′by-blende, a clear red variety of zinc sulphide: ruby silver; Ru′by-tail, a gold-wasp, or cuckoo-fly.—adj. Ru′by-throat′ed, like a humming-bird, with a ruby gorget.—ns. Ru′by-tī′ger, a British moth; Ru′by-wood, red sandalwood.—Rock ruby, a ruby-red garnet. [O. Fr. rubi—L. rubeusruber, red.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ruby

    a gem which in value and hardness ranks next to the diamond; is dichroic, of greater specific gravity than any other gem, and belongs to the hexagonal system of crystals; is a pellucid, ruddy-tinted stone, and, like the sapphire, a variety of corundum, also found (but rarely) in violet, pink, and purple tints; the finest specimens come from Upper Burmah; these are the true Oriental rubies, and when above 5 carats exceed in value, weight for weight, diamonds; the Spinel ruby is the commoner jeweller's stone; is of much less value, specific gravity and hardness, non-dichroic, and forms a cubical crystal.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RUBY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ruby is ranked #3904 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ruby surname appeared 9,091 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Ruby.

    88.6% or 8,060 total occurrences were White.
    6.2% or 570 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 166 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 125 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.2% or 116 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 54 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruby in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ruby in a Sentence

  1. Chris Yakymchuk:

    The graphite inside this ruby is really unique. It's the first time we've seen evidence of ancient life in ruby-bearing rocks.

  2. Adam Green:

    If Jon Ossoff comes in first place in the ruby-red district of Georgia's sixth ... it will make clear that this is the first domino to fall, we have Tom Perriello running in Virginia in June in a very competitive primary, we have Rob Quist running in a competitive special election in Montana.

  3. Ruby Roman:

    Ruby Roman grapes look big and red -- like a ruby. It's been a painstaking process to achieve that red color.

  4. Chris Yakymchuk:

    The presence of graphite also gives us more clues to determine how rubies formed at this location, something that is impossible to do directly based on a ruby's colour and chemical composition.

  5. Naveen Patnaik:

    When he speaks his words are akin to pearls strung on a silken thread....when he should speak it s like lustre shed by a ruby...when he does speak it s like crystal splash that cleaves the blue....

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