diamond


diamond
diamond [dī′mənd, dī′ə mənd]
n.
[ME diamaunt < OFr diamant < ML diamas (gen. diamantis), for L adamas < Gr, ADAMANT, diamond]
1. a usually colorless, crystalline mineral consisting of pure carbon, with nearly perfect cleavage and the greatest hardness of any substance: unflawed, transparent stones are cut into gems of great brilliance, and less perfect forms are used for cutting tools, abrasives, etc.
2. a gem or other piece cut from this mineral
3.
a) a lozenge-shaped plane figure (♦)
b) any of a suit of playing cards marked with such figures in red
c) [pl., with sing. or pl. v.] this suit of cards
4. Baseball
a) the infield
b) the whole playing field
adj.
1. of, like, or set with a diamond or diamonds
2. marking or celebrating the 60th, or sometimes 75th, year [a diamond jubilee]
vt.
to adorn with or as with diamonds
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diamond in the rough
1. a diamond in its natural state
2. a person or thing of fine quality but lacking polish

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