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Definition of Sapphire

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hard precious stone, variety of corundum (usually deep blue in color)
Sapphire Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Antiques World Dictionary of Antique & Estate Jewelry
A gemstone of the corundum family, although blue is the color most commonly associated with sapphires, they come in a range of colors from white to orange to green to pink. In fact, if a corundum gemstone is red, it is referred to as a ruby, but any other color, including the light pinkish "rubies" in inexpensive jewelry are properly referred to as sapphires. Sapphires were first synthesized in the 1920's, so it takes an expert to determine if a sapphire is natural. Natural sapphires are sometimes found that exhibit a star effect. These can be quite valuable if the star is centered and well-defined, but in 1967 the synthetic Linde Star Sapphire hit the market, and many star sapphires found today are these synthetics.
Sapphire Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The color of the gem; bright blue.
  
(n.)
Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, Al2O3; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized as a gem.
  
(n.)
Any humming bird of the genus Hylocharis, native of South America. The throat and breast are usually bright blue.
  
(a.)
Of or resembling sapphire; sapphirine; blue.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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 water sapphire 
 asteriated sapphire 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
saifír
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstone
(hypernym) transparent gem
(hyponym) star sapphire
2. a transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
(hypernym) jewel, gem, precious stone
3. a light shade of blue
(synonym) azure, cerulean, lazuline, sky-blue
(hypernym) blue, blueness

Adjective
1. having the color of a blue sapphire; "sapphire eyes"
(similar) chromatic
Sapphire Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
Australian Post Codes
Locality : SAPPHIRE
State: QLD
US Zip Codes
State: NORTH CAROLINA
City: SAPPHIRE
Australian GPS + Postcode Town Index
NSW -29.6817 151.3345 2360
QLD -23.46122 147.72083 4702
Sapphire Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of sapphire, is ominous of fortunate gain, and to woman, a wise selection in a lover.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Sapphire Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Sapphire (; sappheiros, 'blue stone', which probably referred instead at the time to lapis lazuli) is a typically blue gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide . Trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give corundum respectively blue, yellow, purple, orange, or green color. Chromium impurities in corundum yield pink or red tint, the latter being called ruby.

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Sapphire Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Sapphire Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Associated with diamonds (Ex. 28:18) and emeralds (Ezek. 28:13); one of the stones in the high priest's breastplate. It is a precious stone of a sky-blue colour, probably the lapis lazuli, brought from Babylon. The throne of God is described as of the colour of a sapphire (Ex. 24:10; comp. Ezek. 1:26).
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(Heb. sappir), a precious stone, apparently of a bright-blue color, set: (Exodus 24:10) the second stone in the second row of the high priest's breastplate, (Exodus 28:18) extremely precious, (Job 28:16) it was one of the precious stones that ornamented the king of Tyre. (Ezekiel 28:13) The sapphire of the ancients was not our gem of that name, viz. the azure or indigo-blue, crystalline variety of corundum, but our lapis lazuli (ultra-marine).
  
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Rakefet
Sapphire Many ancient peoples knew how to avail themselves of the magical virtues of precious stones. The sapphire was especially valued because supposed to enshrine some of the influences of Venus as transmitted through other attributes to Luna or the higher aspect of the Moon, and so to be able to induce equanimity and banish evil thoughts. " 'The sapphire,' say the Buddhists, 'will open barred doors and dwellings (for the spirit of man); it produces a desire for prayer, and brings with it more peace than any other gem; but he who would wear it must lead a pure and holy life' " (IU 1:265). Modern authorities surmise that the sappheiros of the Greeks and the sappir of the Bible were our lapis lazuli, while our sapphire was called hyacinthus. The same qualities are attributed to the color blue.