Definition of agate:
- A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.
- A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.
- 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.
- A tool used by gold- wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; - so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.
- On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.
She would have been meanwhile a wonderful lioness for a show, an extraordinary figure in a cage or anywhere; majestic, magnificent, high- coloured, all brilliant gloss, perpetual satin, twinkling bugles and flashing gems, with a lustre of agate eyes, a sheen of raven hair, a polish of complexion that was like that of well- kept china and that- as if the skin were too tight- told especially at curves and corners.- "The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2", Henry James.
- "Dave Dawson at Casablanca", Robert Sydney Bowen.
As for the eyes of the king, they were dark, like the darkest agate, like the heavens on a moonless night in summer; while his eye- lashes, that spread upward and downward like arrows, resembled dark rays around dark stars.- "Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity", Alexandre Kuprin.