- a pure or nearly pure, extremely hard form of carbon, naturally crystallized in the isometric system.
- a piece of this stone.
- a transparent, flawless or almost flawless piece of this stone, especially when cut and polished, valued as a precious gem.
- a ring or other piece of jewelry containing such a precious stone, especially an engagement ring.
- a piece of this stone used in a drill or cutting tool.
- a tool provided with such an uncut stone, used for cutting glass.
- crystallized carbon, or a piece of it, artificially produced.
- an equilateral quadrilateral, especially as placed with its diagonals vertical and horizontal; a lozenge or rhombus.
- any rhombus-shaped figure or object oriented with its diagonals vertical and horizontal.
- a red rhombus-shaped figure on a playing card.
- a card of the suit bearing such figures.
- diamonds, (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked: Diamonds is trump. Diamonds are trump.
- the space enclosed by home plate and the three bases; infield.
- the entire playing field.
- Printing. a 4½-point type of a size between brilliant and pearl.
- made of or set with a diamond or diamonds.
- having the shape of a diamond: a dress with a diamond print.
- indicating the 75th, or sometimes the 60th, event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
- to adorn with or as if with diamonds.
- diamond in the rough, a person of fine character but lacking refined manners or graces.
Origin of diamond
- Neil,born 1941, U.S. singer and songwriter.
- Cape, a hill in Canada, in S Quebec, on the St. Lawrence River.
Examples from the Web for diamonds
She jumped bail to Canada, with more than $1 million in cash and diamonds, and settled in Hamilton, Ontario.
“They call me Ma because I give them money and horses and diamonds,” Mandelbaum reportedly said.
The diamonds flashed fire as I turned to the mirror, and the heavy beaten gold burned like a halo about my head.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The diamonds feature people with wrapped faces and wrapped bodies while the clubs have amputated and dismembered bodies.Aces High: Where to Buy Affordable Art
February 15, 2014
Covered partly by a pillow and decked out in diamonds, it comes as no surprise that Cyrus has stripped down.Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Leaves New York Times; Miley Cyrus Gets Naked For 'W' Magazine
The Fashion Beast Team
January 31, 2014
She was also afflicted with a high color, and a chronic eruption of diamonds.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Why not have detectives as guards—as if I wore a fortune in diamonds?The Bacillus of Beauty
Her lamb had a fleece of diamonds, and her palm-branch had become the colour of heaven.
He will go into a palace, where all the furniture will be of gold, encrusted in diamonds.
They call my name Pluto; and I am the king of diamonds and all other precious stones.Tanglewood Tales
- a colourless exceptionally hard mineral (but often tinted yellow, orange, blue, brown, or black by impurities), found in certain igneous rocks (esp the kimberlites of South Africa). It is used as a gemstone, as an abrasive, and on the working edges of cutting tools. Composition: carbon. Formula: C. Crystal structure: cubic
- (as modifier)a diamond ring Related adjective: diamantine
- a figure having four sides of equal length forming two acute angles and two obtuse angles; rhombus
- a red lozenge-shaped symbol on a playing card
- a card with one or more of these symbols or (when plural) the suit of cards so marked
- the whole playing field
- the square formed by the four bases
- (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 4 1/2 point
- black diamond a figurative name for coal
- rough diamond
- an unpolished diamond
- a person of fine character who lacks refinement and polish
- (tr) to decorate with or as with diamonds
Word Origin and History for diamonds
early 14c., from Old French diamant, from Medieval Latin diamantem (nominative diamas), from Vulgar Latin *adiamantem (altered by influence of the many Greek words in dia-), from Latin adamantem (nominative adamans) "the hardest metal," later, "diamond" (see adamant). Playing card suit is from 1590s; Sense in baseball is American English, 1875.
- A form of pure carbon that occurs naturally as a clear, cubic crystal and is the hardest of all known minerals. It often occurs as octahedrons with rounded edges and curved surfaces. Diamond forms under conditions of extreme temperature and pressure and is most commonly found in volcanic breccias and in alluvial deposits. Poorly formed diamonds are used in abrasives and in industrial cutting tools.