One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hard, typically green stone used for ornaments and implements and consisting of the minerals jadeite or nephrite.as modifier ‘a jade figurine’
weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, sap, drain, tax, overtax, wash out, overtire, exhaust, weary, tire, tire out, fatigue, jade, wear out, prostrate, undermine, impair, render infirm, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyse, immobilize, lay low, put out of actionView synonyms
- ‘Ancient amber, jade and other precious stones are lovingly re-created in polymer clay, as well as newer, space-age materials, such as niobium.’
- ‘Of the two kinds of jade, jadeite and nephrite, the former is harder than the latter and cannot be scratched with a penknife blade.’
- ‘As Hunter looked up at the ceiling, he saw that the it was covered by a single piece of a black jade, mixed with the gems, sparkling like stars in the night sky.’
- ‘Another often used precious stone was jade, which because of its color often represented the corn plant in the Mayan culture.’
- ‘Until recently few people considered Wyoming to have potential for gemstones other than nephrite jade.’
- 1.1count noun An ornament made of jade.
exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jadeView synonyms
- ‘Our examination of this ornament and several other jades has provided evidence for the use of rotary tools during the Ming and Qing dynasties.’
- ‘There are some 1,000 relics of dazzling artistic and cultural value - bronzes and gold implements, jades, pottery, cowrie shell and elephant tusks, sacrificial objects, weapons and beads.’
- ‘ADMIRERS of ancient Chinese jades have frequently noted the curious white, chalky areas which invade the otherwise firm polished surfaces of many artefacts.’
- 1.2 A light bluish-green.‘a silk blouse in a vivid jade green’
- ‘He had a mushroom-cut of jade-green hair, sky blue eyes, a tan skin tone, and some strong muscles.’
- ‘The actress's eyes flash jade-green, and she blushes rosy-pink.’
- ‘She was absolutely gorgeous, with long legs, flowing brown hair, and jade-green eyes.’
- ‘His eyes were a sweet shade in between jade green and light hazel that Rebecca had once admitted to being jealous of, and he hadn't let her live it down since.’
- ‘She was a collection of pleasing colors, with her honey - smooth tan, jade-green eyes, and the silky blonde hair with its red and gold and even some brownish lights.’
Late 16th century: from French le jade (earlier l'ejade), from Spanish piedra de ijada ‘stone of the flank’ (i.e. stone for colic, which it was believed to cure).
1A bad-tempered or disreputable woman.shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carperView synonyms
2An old or worn-out horse.
- ‘He got the armor and also an old jade of a horse, which limped on three legs, dragging the fourth after it.’
- ‘Lie down shamelessly, Old horse who stumbles over every rut. Resign yourself, my heart; sleep your brutish sleep. Conquered, foundered spirit! For you, old jade, Love has no more relish, no more than war.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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