verb (used with object), gemmed, gem·ming.
Origin of gem
Examples from the Web for gem
Baby cigarette “No worry of cancer with this cigarette costume,” the description for this gem reads.Sexy Ebola Nurse & More of the Year’s Worst Halloween Costumes|Kevin Fallon|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Take for instance this gem of a story written about the horrific Baltimore fire of 1904.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet another example is Belle Isle, a gorgeous 982-acre gem floating in the Detroit River.
Check out this angry-faced selfie with Geoff Cameron, a true World Cup gem.
The ice cream remains reason enough to detour off I-84 for a visit to this mid-20th century gem.
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear many a gem of purest ray serene.The Super Race: An American Problem|Scott Nearing
It is great painting in miniature, genius in its quintessence, a gem of perfect water.Life of Charles Dickens|Frank Marzials
Spinels are found along with ruby in Burmah and in Siam and they also occur in the gem gravels of Ceylon.A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public|Frank Bertram Wade
The gem of all others which enriches the coronet of woman's character, is unaffected piety.
He acted upon it forth with: he drew out from within his under-garment a gem that hung round his neck by a gold chain.The Bride of the Nile, Complete|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for gem
verb gems, gemming or gemmed
Word Origin for gem
Word Origin and History for gem
Old English gimm "precious stone, gem, jewel," also "eye," from Latin gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," perhaps from the root *gen- "to produce," or from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail." Of persons, from late 13c. Forms in -i-, -y- were lost early 14c., and the modern form of the word probably representing a Middle English borrowing from Old French gemme (12c.). As a verb, from c.1600, "to adorn with gems;" mid-12c. as "to bud."