- a red variety of corundum, used as a gem.
- something made of this stone or one of its imitations, as a bearing in a watch.
- a deep-red port wine.
- deep red; carmine.
- (initial capital letter) Digital Technology. an open-source, high-level programming language that is purely object-oriented.
- British Printing. a 5½-point type, nearly corresponding in size to American agate.
- ruby-colored: ruby lips.
- containing or set or adorned with a ruby or rubies: a ruby necklace.
Origin of ruby
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for ruby
Ruby also danced in a chorus of a Hollywood club for a while, as her marriage deteriorated and finally ended in divorce.
But Ruby Pearl kept order, and the more responsibility she took the more Spahn relied upon her.
In the last few years, however, Spahn gradually began to notice changes in Ruby Pearl.
After Spahn had obtained the movie ranch, Ruby applied for a job there and was hired.
At one community fair, in Thousand Oaks, Ruby met a man, a wrestler, who would become her next husband.
There was a pen the nibs of which were of ruby, set in gold, made by Doughty.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
I did all I could to make Ruby's visit a happy one—don't you know I did?
I ain't hired him to loaf 'round all day with Ruby and to sulk when she's gone.
I cottoned to ye fust time I see ye, and so did Ruby, and we still do.
I ain't got nobody but you, Ruby—don't go 'way from me, child—stay with me.'
- a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al 2 O 3
- the deep-red colour of a ruby
- (as adjective)ruby lips
- something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
- (as modifier)ruby necklace
- (modifier) denoting a fortieth anniversaryour ruby wedding
- (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 5 1/2 point
Word Origin and History for ruby
"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (cf. Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.
- A deep-red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, containing small amounts of chromium and valued as a gem. Compare sapphire.