September 24, 2011
- diamond (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : native crystalline carbon that is the hardest known mineral, that is usually nearly colorless, that when transparent and free from flaws is highly valued as a precious stone, and that is used industrially especially as an abrasive2 : a square or rhombus-shaped figure usually oriented with the long diagonal vertical3 : a baseball infield; also : the entire playing field
- How do you use it?
- After the final out, the players of the winning team ran onto the diamond, jumping and shouting to celebrate their victory.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is related to "diamond"?The answer that sparkles is A. The ancient Greeks used the word "adamas" for "diamond," the hardest substance found in nature. It was also used for any indestructible substance and for anything unmovable. Later, Latin writers borrowed the Greek, sometimes as "adamant," and sometimes as "adimant." In English "adamant" was first used as a noun to refer to a stone believed to be of impenetrable hardness, and later to mean an unbreakable or extremely hard substance. The adjective "adamant," meaning "firmly fixed or decided," comes from Latin "adamant." Latin "adamant" changed to "diamante" and came to be used for the gemstone we now call "diamond."