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ˈsæf aɪərsap·phire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sapphirenoun

    a precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstone

  2. sapphirenoun

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

  3. azure, cerulean, sapphire, lazuline, sky-blueadjective

    a light shade of blue

  4. sapphireadjective

    of something having the color of a blue sapphire

    "sapphire eyes"


  1. Sapphirenoun

    from the precious stone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sapphirenoun

    native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, Al2O3; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized as a gem

    Etymology: [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. , of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sappr.]

  2. Sapphirenoun

    the color of the gem; bright blue

    Etymology: [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. , of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sappr.]

  3. Sapphirenoun

    any humming bird of the genus Hylocharis, native of South America. The throat and breast are usually bright blue

    Etymology: [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. , of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sappr.]

  4. Sapphireadjective

    of or resembling sapphire; sapphirine; blue

    Etymology: [OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. , of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sappr.]


  1. Sapphire

    Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide. Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give corundum blue, yellow, purple, orange, or a greenish color. Chromium impurities in corundum yield a pink or red tint, the latter being called a ruby. Commonly, sapphires are worn in jewelry. Sapphires may be found naturally, by searching through certain sediments or rock formations. They also may be manufactured for industrial or decorative purposes in large crystal boules. Because of the remarkable hardness of sapphires—nine on the Mohs scale—and of aluminium oxide in general, sapphires are used in some non-ornamental applications, including infrared optical components, such as in scientific instruments; high-durability windows; wristwatch crystals and movement bearings; and very thin electronic wafers, which are used as the insulating substrates of very special-purpose solid-state electronics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sapphire

    saf′īr, or saf′ir, n. a highly transparent and brilliant precious stone, a variety of Corundum, generally of a beautiful blue colour—the finest found in Ceylon: (her.) a blue tincture.—adj. deep pure blue.—n. Sapph′ire-wing, a humming-bird.—adj. Sapph′irine, made of, or like, sapphire.—Green sapphire, the Oriental emerald; Red sapphire, the Oriental ruby; Violet sapphire, the Oriental amethyst. [Fr.,—L. sapphirus—Gr. sappheiros—Heb. sappīr, sapphire.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sapphire

    a precious stone of the corundum class, and differing from the ruby (q. v.) only in colour, which is a blue of various shades; the finest specimens are found in Ceylon; its value depends chiefly on quality, and not so much (like the ruby) on size.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sapphire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sapphire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.

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