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GEM (gemmed, gemming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gem mean? 

GEM (noun)
  The noun GEM has 5 senses:

1. a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry
2. art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
3. a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
4. a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan
5. a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry

  Familiarity information: GEM used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GEM (noun)


Sense 1gem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

gem; gemstone; stone

Context examples:

he had the gem set in a ring for his wife / she had jewels made of all the rarest stones

Hypernyms ("gem" is a kind of...):

crystal (a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gem"):

cabochon (a highly polished gem that is cut convexly but without facets)

opaque gem (a gemstone that is opaque)

transparent gem (a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion)

Holonyms ("gem" is a part of...):

jewellery; jewelry (an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems))


Sense 2gem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Art highly prized for its beauty or perfection

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gem; treasure

Hypernyms ("gem" is a kind of...):

art; fine art (the products of human creativity; works of art collectively)


Sense 3gem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

jewel; gem

Hypernyms ("gem" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


Sense 4gem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

muffin; gem

Hypernyms ("gem" is a kind of...):

quick bread (breads made with a leavening agent that permits immediate baking)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gem"):

popover (light hollow muffin made of a puff batter (individual Yorkshire pudding) baked in a deep muffin cup)

corn muffin (cornbread muffin)

bran muffin (muffin containing bran)


Sense 5gem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

jewel; precious stone; gem

Hypernyms ("gem" is a kind of...):

jewellery; jewelry (an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gem"):

crown jewel (a precious stone that is an valuable part of a sovereign's regalia)

solitaire (a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself)

diamond (a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem)

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

pearl (a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel)

emerald (a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem)

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


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