Gem v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gemmed p. pr. & vb. n. Gemming]
1. To put forth in the form of buds. “Gemmed their blossoms.” [R.]
2. To adorn with gems or precious stones.
3. To embellish or adorn, as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed with dewdrops.
England is . . . gemmed with castles and palaces. --W. Irving.
1. Bot. A bud.
From the joints of thy prolific stem
A swelling knot is raised called a gem. --Denham.
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.
Artificial gem, an imitation of a gem, made of glass colored with metallic oxide. Cf. Paste, and Strass.
n 1: a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry;
"he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; "she had
jewels made of all the rarest stones" [syn: gemstone,
2: art highly prized for its beauty or perfection [syn: treasure]
3: a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of
jewelry [syn: jewel]
4: a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan [syn: muffin]
5: a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece
of jewelry [syn: jewel, precious stone]
[also: gemming, gemmed]