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agate

A hard gemstone used in the construction of spatula blades. They are used for mixing tooth-coloured materials because of their resistance to abrasion and their ability not to cause ...

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Agate (Canada, USA)   Quick reference

Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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2020

...Agate , Canada, USA 1. Canada (Ontario): probably named after the agate, a semi-precious stone, found in the area. 2. USA (Colorado): founded in about 1876 as Gebhard, the town adopted its present name in 1882 . This name may come from a wooden gate with an A-shaped cross-brace. Alternatively, the name may recognize the agate found in the...

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

... ( mocha stone ) Variety of chalcedonic silica (SiO 2 ) that is cryptocrystalline . It is similar to chalcedony except that impurities of iron and manganese may give it a distinct colour banding which is frequently precipitated in concentric zones. Moss agate contains delicate, fern-like, dendritic patterns. Agates may be cut and polished as decorative...

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A Dictionary of Chemistry (8 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Science and technology, Chemistry
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71 words

... A variety of chalcedony that forms in rock cavities and has a pattern of concentrically arranged bands or layers that lie parallel to the cavity walls. These layers are frequently alternating tones of brownish-red. Moss agate does not show the same banding and is a milky chalcedony containing mosslike or dendritic patterns formed by inclusions of manganese and iron oxides. Agates are used in jewellery and for ornamental...

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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27 words

... Microscrystalline form of quartz with parallel bands of colour. It is regarded as a semi-precious stone and is used for making jewellery. Hardness c .6.5; r.d. c...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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146 words

... A fine-grained, banded chalcedony which can come in all colours in a variety of strengths. It is often an opaque grey which can be sliced and polished to bring out the concentric patterns. It can also be dyed to strengthen the colour, an art known to the Romans. By the 16th century the most important deposits were in the Rhineland and a local industry sprang up at Idar-Oberstein, creating gemstones from locally mined agate. Agate was used for a wide variety of decorative objects. The Egyptians used it for cylinder seals, ring stones, and small vessels....

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A Dictionary of Dentistry (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Medicine and health, Dentistry
Length:
39 words

... n. A hard gemstone used in the construction of spatula blades. They are used for mixing tooth-coloured materials because of their resistance to abrasion and their ability not to cause discolouration of the material, unlike some metallic...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... A form of quartz characterized by variegated patterns, typically of differently coloured bands. It is so called, says Pliny ( Natural History , xxxvii (1st century ad )), from the River Achates or Gagates, in Sicily, near which it is found in abundance. It was supposed to render a person invisible and to turn the sword of foes against...

agate glass

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Current Version:
2005

... glass or (Italian) calcedonio or (German) schmelzglas , An imitation of agate made by blending molten glass of two or more colours. The technique was known in antiquity and revived in late fifteenth-century Venice and...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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37 words

... ware Pottery made to resemble agate . Different coloured clays were combined to imitate the veining of the hard stone. It was made by the Romans and revived in the 18th century in Staffordshire...

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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16 words

... line A measure of newspaper advertising space, one column wide and ¼ 1/14th inch...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
101 words

... ware . Pottery made of clays of different colours; as the clays spin on the potter's wheel, striations similar to those in natural agate are formed. A similar effect is sometimes achieved with surface slips. Agate ware was made in classical Rome, and was revived in 18th-century Staffordshire, notably in the Wedgwood and Whieldon factories. In the late 20th century the American potter Michelle Erickson ( b 1960 ) revived the tradition of agate ware. P. Philip : Achieving Agate , Cer. Rev ., cxvi (March–April 1989), pp. 8–11 R. Hunter : The Stylistic...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
47 words

... glass [ Ger. Schmelzglas ; It. calcedonio ]. . Striped-pattern glass in which the coloured bands resemble those of natural agate. The bands are created by mixing molten glass of two or more colours. The technique was known in classical antiquity and was revived in 15th-century Venice and Germany...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
48 words

... glass [Ger. Schmelzglas ; It. calcedonio ]. A striped-pattern glass in which the coloured bands resemble those of natural agate. The bands are created by mixing molten glass of two or more colours. The technique was known in Classical antiquity and was revived in 15th-century Germany and in...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture

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Current Version:
2013

... glass [ Ger. Schmelzglas ; It. Calcedonio ] Striped-pattern glass in which the coloured bands resemble those of natural agate. The bands are created by mixing molten glass of two or more colours. The technique was known in Classical antiquity and was revived in 15th-century Venice and...

Agate, James

Agate, James (9 Sept. 1877)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
123 words

..., James [ Evershed ] (b. Seedley, Manchester , 9 Sept. 1877 ; d. London , 6 June 1947 ) Theatre critic . After working for the Daily Despatch, Manchester Guardian and Saturday Review , in 1922 Agate joined the Sunday Times as theatre critic. His learned and forceful writing soon earned him unrivalled respect and authority although, obsessed as he was with Bernhardt and Irving , his views could be eccentric. Some saw his nine volumes of autobiography, tellingly entitled Ego ( 1932–47 ), as evidence of a growing self-importance; but his...

Agate, James

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
167 words

..., James ( 1877–1947 ) English critic and essayist, at his most influential in the period 1923–47 during his long association with the Sunday Times . He began his career at the Manchester Guardian under the guidance of C. E. Montague in 1907 . In 1921 he was appointed to the Saturday Review , the position once held by Shaw and Max Beerbohm . Although Agate wrote several novels, it was as an essayist covering life in London , the theatre, and personalities in general that he became most influential. From 1925 to 1935 he was the theatre...

Agate, James

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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Current Version:
2005

..., James ( 1877–1947 ), British dramatic critic , born in Pendleton, Lancashire, the son of a cotton manufacturer's agent, and educated at Manchester Grammar School. He went into his father's business, and was still working there when, in 1907 , he joined the Manchester Guardian's team of reviewers. His first book of essays on the theatre, Buzz, Buzz! , was published in 1918 , while he was serving as a captain in the Army Service Corps. After the war, he became theatre critic of the Saturday Review , moving to The Sunday Times in the same capacity...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
85 words

...0James James Agate 1877 – 1947 British drama critic and novelist A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it. diary, 19 July 1945 professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel amateur is a man who can't Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw's prefaces. diary, 10 March 1933 Shaw 's plays Shaw's plays Shaw's ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
110 words

...0James James Agate 1877 – 1947 English theatre critic and novelist Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw's prefaces. diary, 10 March 1933 Shaw 's plays Shaw's plays Shaw's prefaces My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made. diary, 9 June 1943 mind is not a bed mind is not a bed A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it. diary, 19 July 1945 professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel amateur is a man who...

James Agate

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
174 words

...James Agate 1877 1947 English drama critic A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it; an amateur is one who can't [do his job] when he does feel like it. From Ego (1935) – entry for 17 September 1933. The context was a lunch with the actor Cedric Hardwicke, who said: ‘My theory of acting is that it is so minor an art that the only self-respect attaching to it is to be able to reproduce one's performance with mathematical accuracy.’ The above was Agate's concurrence. Hardwicke added: ‘It shouldn't make a hair's breadth of...

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