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Definition of Gem

Gem

  1. A bud.
  2. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.
  3. Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise saying.
  4. To put forth in the form of buds.
  5. To adorn with gems or precious stones.
  6. To embellish or adorn, as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed with dewdrops.

Gem Quotations

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
George MacDonald

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem.
Jane Porter

One movie I think is just terrific is 'Bernie,' with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. That was a great surprise to me - so witty, so entertaining, a true story, and I'm not a great Jack Black fan, but he's great in it. I think it's a gem.
Robert Osborne

What I like most: Reading well-written sources that take me to another world for hours at a time - and being able to call that 'work!' Also, of course, finding a gem of information that is either exactly what I was looking for, or else fits perfectly into the story in some way.
Linda Sue Park
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Gem Translations

gem in Afrikaans is juweel
gem in Dutch is edelgesteente, steen, edelsteen
gem in German is Edelstein
gem in Norwegian is edelsten
gem in Spanish is joya, gema