A*gate" (#), adv. [Pref. a- on + gate way.]

On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.




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Ag"ate (#), n. [F. agate, It. agata, L. achates, fr. Gr. .]

1. Min.

A semipellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen. Its colors are delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.

⇒ The fortification agate, or Scotch pebble, the moss agate, the clouded agate, etc., are familiar varieties.

2. Print.

A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.

⇒ This line is printed in the type called agate.


A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.




A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; -- so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.


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