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jade1

[jeyd] /dʒeɪd/
noun
1.
either of two minerals, jadeite or nephrite, sometimes green, highly esteemed as an ornamental stone for carvings, jewelry, etc.
2.
an object, as a carving, made from this material.
3.
Also called jade green. green, varying from bluish green to yellowish green.
Origin
obsolete Spanish
1585-1595
1585-95; < French < Italian giada < obsolete Spanish (piedra de) ijada (stone of) colic < Vulgar Latin *iliata, equivalent to Latin īli(a) flanks (see ilium) + -ata -ate1; so called because supposed to cure nephritic colic
Related forms
jadelike, adjective

jade2

[jeyd] /dʒeɪd/
noun
1.
a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
2.
a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jaded, jading.
3.
to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; of obscure origin
Related forms
jadish, adjective
jadishly, adverb
jadishness, noun
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Examples from the web for jade
  • But it was the white jade that sparked the day's real excitement.
  • Buses carrying groups of tourists in the parking lot of a jade workshop.
  • The city is depicted as one of both great wealth-with a lot of people wearing jade jewelry-and great poverty.
  • Bead necklaces continue to be good and jade is the leading color for the new season.
  • It wore a collar made of jade beads and turquoise plugs in its ears.
  • Shop fronts display pottery, jade carvings, and other chinoiserie.
  • The lobby has red lacquer walls and fulsome carvings in ivory and jade.
  • These are beautifully decorated, with white marble lattice and marble mosaics studded with green jade, lapis lazuli and agate.
  • It has also announced plans for another money-spinning auction of gems and jade, next month.
  • The studio was cramped and airless, with jade- green carpeting and walls of a hopeful hot pink.
British Dictionary definitions for jade

jade1

/dʒeɪd/
noun
1.
  1. a semiprecious stone consisting of either jadeite or nephrite. It varies in colour from white to green and is used for making ornaments and jewellery
  2. (as modifier): jade ornaments
2.
  1. the green colour of jade
  2. (as modifier): a jade skirt
Derived Forms
jadelike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian giada, from obsolete Spanish piedra de ijada colic stone (literally: stone of the flank, because it was believed to cure renal colic); ijada, from Vulgar Latin īliata (unattested) flanks, from Latin īlia, plural of īlium; see ileum

jade2

/dʒeɪd/
noun
1.
an old overworked horse; nag; hack
2.
(derogatory or facetious) a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable
verb
3.
to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
Derived Forms
jadish, adjective
jadishly, adverb
jadishness, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jade
n.

ornamental stone, 1721, earlier iada (1590s), from French le jade, error for earlier l'ejade, from Spanish piedra de (la) ijada (1560s), "stone of colic, pain in the side" (jade was thought to cure this), from Vulgar Latin *iliata, from Latin ilia (plural) "flanks, kidney area" (see ileum).

"worn-out horse," late 14c., "cart horse," of uncertain origin. Barnhart suggests a variant of yaid, yald "whore," literally "mare," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse jalda "mare," from Finno-Ugric (cf. Mordvin al'd'a "mare"). But OED finds the assumption of a Scandinavian connection "without reason." As a term of abuse for a woman, it dates from 1550s.

v.

"to weary, tire out, make dull," c.1600, from jade (n.2). Related: Jaded; jading.

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jade in Science
jade
  (jād)   
A hard gemstone that is pale green or white and consists either of the mineral jadeite (a pyroxene) or the mineral nephrite (an amphibole). It usually forms within metamorphic rocks.
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jade in Technology


1. U Washington, late 80's. A strongly-typed language, object-oriented but without classes. For type research. The compiler output is Smalltalk. [Submitter claimed that Jade has exactly one user!]
2. Implicit coarse-grained concurrency. The constructs 'with', 'withonly' and 'without' create tasks with specified side effects to shared data objects. Implemented as a C preprocessor. "Coarse-Grain Parallel Programming in Jade", M.S. Lam et al, SIGPLAN Notices 26(7):94-105 (Jul 1991).

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