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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Britain may also have been the trade-source of the small amount of amber found in Crete.
▪ Her face was pale and tragic in the lamplight; her bright eyes shone like amber held up to the light.
▪ I study the amber until the waves of indecision and conflict about leaving Joe and the house recede.
▪ It stayed on her, pinning her down mercilessly, like a fly trapped in amber.
▪ Jarvis even sees a market for eyeshields tinted grey, for sunny-day play, or amber, for street hockey at dusk.
▪ Pollard would sit there savoring their gradations: honey amber, copper amber, apricot amber, root-beer amber.
▪ The amber was at one time polished to make a pendant with the fly as centre piece.
▪ There was no light on in the room directly above, but amber glowed from the darkroom doorway.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Amber \Am"ber\ ([a^]m"b[~e]r), n. [OE. aumbre, F. ambre, Sp. ['a]mbar, and with the Ar. article, al['a]mbar, fr. Ar. 'anbar ambergris.]

  1. (Min.) A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.

    Note: Amber is classified as a fossil resin, being typically of ancient origin, having solidified from the exudates of certain trees millions of years ago. Many pieces are found with insects embedded, the insects having been trapped by the resin while they were alive. The insects are often very well preserved, due to the antimicrobial action of components of the amber. It typically contains from 5 to 8 percent of succinic acid. "Baltic amber" has been mined for centuries in the region of Poland formerly called East Prussia, and is the variety used in most jewelry made in Poland and Russia. The Baltic strata containing amber extend under the sea, and amber beads may be found there deposited by waves along the shore. Amber was known to the ancient Greeks. The name "electron" comes from the Latin word for amber, electrum, derived from the Greek word, 'h`lektron (see electric), due to the electric charge that amber takes when rubbed, as with cat fur. Although at one time used in fine varnishes, it no longer has any commercial value for that purpose, being used mostly in jewelry. Significant deposits are also found in the Carribean region, and smaller amounts in various other places. The notion, that DNA sufficiently intact to recreate extinct animals might be extracted from amber, was the basis for Michael Crichton's novel "Jurassic Park", but has as yet (1997) not been demonstrated to be possible.

  2. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky.

  3. Ambergris. [Obs.]

    You that smell of amber at my charge.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  4. The balsam, liquidambar.

    Black amber, and old and popular name for jet.


Amber \Am"ber\, a.

  1. Consisting of amber; made of amber. ``Amber bracelets.''

  2. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored. ``The amber morn.''


Amber \Am"ber\, v. t. [p. p. & p. a. Ambered .]

  1. To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine.

  2. To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "ambergris, perfume made from ambergris," from Old French ambre, from Medieval Latin ambar "ambergris," from Arabic 'anbar "ambergris." In Europe, the sense was extended, inexplicably, to fossil resins from the Baltic (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin; c.1400 in English), which has become the main sense as the use of ambergris has waned. This formerly was known as white or yellow amber to distinguish it from ambergris, which word entered English early 15c. from French, which distinguished the two substances as ambre gris and amber jaune. The classical word for Baltic amber was electrum (compare electric).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (given name female from=English), popular in the 1980s and the 1990s. 2 (surname: dot=) of uncertain origin. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (given name female from=Hindi). 2 A ruined city in Rajasthan, India. n. 1 (given name female from=Hindi). 2 A ruined city in Rajasthan, India.

  1. n. a deep yellow color; "an amber light illuminated the room"; "he admired the gold of her hair" [syn: gold]

  2. a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry


adj. a medium to dark brownish yellow color [syn: brownish-yellow, yellow-brown]

Amber, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 490
Housing Units (2000): 176
Land area (2000): 3.946590 sq. miles (10.221621 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.946590 sq. miles (10.221621 sq. km)
FIPS code: 01900
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 35.159613 N, 97.878766 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73004
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Amber, OK
Amber (disambiguation)

Amber is a fossilized tree resin.

Amber may also refer to:

Amber (singer)

Marie-Claire "Amber" Cremers (born September 17, 1969) is a Dutch-born German singer, songwriter, label owner, and executive producer. She is best known for her hits "This Is Your Night", " If You Could Read My Mind", and "Sexual (Li Da Di)".

Amber (Autechre album)

Amber is the second studio album by the British electronic music duo Autechre, released by Warp Records on 7 November 1994. Amber was Autechre's first album of new material as their previous work Incunabula was a compilation of older tracks.

Amber (color)

The color amber is a pure chroma color, located on the color wheel midway between the colors of gold and orange. The color name is derived from the material also known as amber, which is commonly found in a range of yellow-orange-brown-red colors; likewise, as a color amber can refer to a range of yellow-orange colors. In English the first recorded use of the term as a color name, rather than a reference to the specific substance, was in 1500.


AMBER (an acronym for Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement) is a family of force fields for molecular dynamics of biomolecules originally developed by Peter Kollman's group at the University of California, San Francisco. AMBER is also the name for the molecular dynamics software package that simulates these force fields. It is maintained by an active collaboration between David Case at Rutgers University, Tom Cheatham at the University of Utah, Tom Darden at NIEHS, Ken Merz at Michigan State University, Carlos Simmerling at Stony Brook University, Ray Luo at UC Irvine, and Junmei Wang at Encysive Pharmaceuticals.

Amber (band)

Amber was a British acoustic world music band.

Inspired by The Incredible String Band, the band consisted of two of Donovan's old friends Julian MacAllister and Mac MacLeod, and they were joined by Ray Cooper on hand drums. Donovan had been given a sitar by George Harrison and had lent the instrument to MacLeod, who played it on many of their songs. Keith Relf produced a set of recordings which came out many years later on the Shagrat label titled Pearls of Amber.

Many of those Relf produced tracks are on the MacLeod anthology CD The Incredible Musical Odyssey of the Original Hurdy Gurdy Man on the RPM Cherry Red label.

Amber (Clearlake album)

Amber is the third album by indie rock group Clearlake, released on January 23rd 2006 on Domino Records. The seventh track from the album, "Finally Free", was featured on Eden Games' 2006 videogame release, Test Drive Unlimited. The song "No Kind of Life" appeared in the movie Awake.

Amber (restaurant)

Amber is The Landmark Mandarin Oriental's modern French restaurant in the Central district of Hong Kong. Richard Ekkebus is the executive chef.

Amber (song)

"Amber" is the third single from the band 311's 2001 album From Chaos. Focusing more on their reggae roots, the song is about Nick Hexum's then fiancee and then Eden's Crush member Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger appears briefly in the music video, playing in the ocean with Hexum. Although it is not one of the highest charting singles from 311 since it hit number 13 on the Modern Rock chart, it had more attention and popularity than any of their Top 10 singles on the chart, remains their longest lasting song on the Alternative Rock chart, and is their most popular single from the band due to its media usage and it is the only single by 311 to have a certification by the RIAA, achieving Gold status seeing this as the band's signature song.

The song's intro was remixed on Greatest Hits '93-'03.

Amber (given name)

Amber is a feminine given name taken from amber, the fossilized tree resin that is often used in the making of jewelry. The word can also refer to a yellowish-orange color.

Amber has been a popular name in most English speaking countries. It was the 165th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2008, having ranked among the 25 most popular names for baby girls from 1980 to 1997. It has ranked among the top 50 names for girls in England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Australia and Canada in recent years.

Amber (Amber album)

Amber is Amber's second album, released in 1999 on Tommy Boy Records, featured an alluring array of soulful Dance-pop, Hi-NRG and House music song with a few Urban contemporary songs such as "Object of Desire." The song "Above the Clouds" was prominently featured on the final episode of Season Three of television series, " Sex and The City." So far, it is her most well-received album by the American Pop mainstream. This album allowed Amber to songwrite with top songwriters/producers Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg on "Sexual (Li Da Di)," "Above the Clouds," and " Love One Another."

Amber (processor core)

The Amber processor core is an open-source ARM-compatible 32-bit RISC processor. It is hosted on the OpenCores website and is part of a movement to develop a library of open source hardware projects. The Amber core is fully compatible with the ARMv2 instruction set and is therefore supported by the GNU toolchain. This older version of the ARM instruction set is supported because it is not covered by patents so can be implemented without a license from ARM Holdings, unlike some previous open source projects. The Amber project provides a complete embedded FPGA system incorporating the Amber core and a number of peripherals, including UARTs, timers and an Ethernet MAC.

There are two versions of the core provided in the Amber project. The Amber 23 has a 3-stage pipeline, a unified instruction and data cache, a Wishbone interface, and is capable of 0.75 DMIPS per MHz. The Amber 25 has a 5-stage pipeline, separate data and instruction caches, a Wishbone interface, and is capable of 1.0 DMIPS per MHz. Both cores implement exactly the same ISA and are 100% software compatible.

The Amber 23 core is a very small 32-bit core that provides good performance. Register-based instructions execute in a single cycle, except for instructions involving multiplication. Load and store instructions require three cycles. The core's pipeline is stalled either when a cache miss occurs, or when the core performs a Wishbone access.

The Amber 25 core provides 30 to 40% better performance than the Amber 23 core but is also 30 to 40% larger. Register-based instructions execute in a single cycle, except for instructions involving multiplication, or complex shift operations. Load and store instructions also execute in a single cycle unless there is a register conflict with a following instruction. The core's pipeline is stalled when a cache miss occurs in either cache, when an instruction conflict is detected, when a complex shift is executed, or when the core performs a Wishbone access.

Both cores have been verified by booting a Linux 2.4 kernel. Versions of the Linux kernel from the 2.4 branch and earlier contain configurations for the supported ISA. The 2.6 and later versions of the Linux kernel do not explicitly support the ARM v2a ISA and so requires more modifications to run. The cores do not contain a memory management unit (MMU) so they can only run the non-virtual memory variant of Linux, μClinux.

The cores were developed in Verilog 2001 and are optimized for FPGA synthesis. For example, there is no reset logic: all registers are reset as part of FPGA initialization.

For a description of the ARMv2 ISA, see Archimedes Operating System – A Dabhand Guide, or Acorn RISC Machine Family Data Manual.


AMBER is the acronym of AMerican Bridge for the Excellence in Research with Europe. This project started on 1 January 2013, and will finish at the end of 2014.

The increasing exchange between LAC ( Latin American Countries) and European countries in the last decades makes some initiatives more attractive than others. Among them, 1 is considered the access point to attractive research careers in Europe. With more than 200 centers located in 38 European countries, the EURAXESS service centers support the mobility of researchers and aim to secure better working conditions for researchers in Europe.

The aim of AMBER is the implementation of precise and sustainable actions to increase researchers’ mobility between Latin America and Europe.

To reach this general primary objective, three secondary goals are defined:

  • To provide access to qualified information, in the " knowledge triangle" ( education, science and technology, and innovation).
  • To minimize problems caused by existing administrative barriers ( immigration, homologation, recruitment procedures, etc.). This activity will benefit the researcher and his family both prior to and during the stay.
  • To improve the quality of assistance by supporting the Career Development Plan of researchers in their stay in Europe, and to raise the quality of the assistance provided, through the implementation of a Training Plan provided by mobility managers in scientific cooperation with Latin America.

There are five members of the EURAXESS network: Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and United Kingdom.

Amber (TV series)

Amber is an Irish crime drama series created by Rob Cawley and Paul Duane and directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. The series stars Eva Birthistle and David Murray as parents of a young teenage girl who goes missing, Amber played by Lauryn Canny, it also stars Levi O'Sullivan as her younger brother. Amber was produced by Screenworks Ireland for RTÉ with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The series aired in Ireland on four consecutive nights (Sunday 19th to Wednesday 22 January 2014) on RTÉ One, however the series had aired in a number of countries prior to this. The series was produced in 2011.

Amber (Very Large Telescope)

AMBER, the Astronomical Multi-Beam Recombiner, is a Very Large Telescope (VLT) instrument combining the light of the three Unit Telescope in the near-infrared of the VLT-Interferometer (VLTI). It is at the source of a considerable number of publications in the field of optical long-baseline interferometry.

It is combining three out of the four telescopes of the VLTI, through a spectrograph, making it a unique instrument, combining spectroscopy and interferometry. These properties, and the fact that AMBER is an open-community instrument, made it a successful instrument. It can be compared to its fellow in the mid-infrared, the MIDI instrument in terms of the number of publications.

Among highlights from the AMBER instrument, one can cite the first detection of a Keplerian-rotating disk around a Be star, the discovery of disks around evolved stars, the characterization of the disks of young stars, the observations of novae, the sharpest images of evolved stars and the characterization of the central dusty torus of active galactic nuclei

Amber (film)

Amber (The Sky) also called Ambar, is a 1952 Hindi costume action romance thriller film directed by Jayant Desai. The story was by Dwarka Khosla and Bachoobhai Shukla, with dialogues by Munshi Sagar Hussain and Arjun Dev Rashk. The screenplay was credited to Uma Devi. The film was produced by Seth Jagat Narain for his banner, Jagat Pictures, with music by Ghulam Mohammed. The actress Tanuja was credited as Baby Tanuja and played the role of a young Nargis. The film starred Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Agha, Bipin Gupta, Vyas, Cuckoo, Helen and Samson.

The story involves intrigue in the palace, a king blamed for a murder and a daughter avenging her father's death. Nargis plays Amber, out for revenge, while Raj Kapoor plays the man sent to save the king.

Usage examples of "amber".

Frequent mention is made of sour galls, aleppo galls, green and blue vitriol, the lees of wine, black amber, sugar, fish-glue and a host of unimportant materials as being employed in the admixture of black inks.

The porter of Amber Mansions snarled at an affable man who asked him whether Mr.

Frido and I went farther afield, now on horseback, and now along the shores of the Amber Coast.

Then I reduced them into a fine powder, and ordered the Jewish confectioner to mix the powder in my presence with a paste made of amber, sugar, vanilla, angelica, alkermes and storax, and I waited until the comfits prepared with that mixture were ready.

From other ships he looted cargoes of lapis, pearls, amber, diamonds, rubies, carnelian, ambergris, jade, ivory, and lignum vitae.

She thought about it a great deal at night before she slept, and if Amber had not been lying beside her on the same angareb she might have indulged in some preliminary experimentation with the ivory toy.

Angry amber eyes glared from a begrimed face, and Ruark came to his feet with a snarl, gathering his chains into a long loop and swinging it in open threat.

But at the least, before she left, Rune had determined to walk the length and breadth of Nolton, listening to buskers and talking to them, to find Amber a replacement musician for the common room.

I have it in musk, civet, amber, Phoenicobalanus, the decoction of turmerick, sesana, nard, spikenard, calamus odoratus, stacte, opobalsamum, amomum, storax, ladanum, aspalathum, opoponax, oenanthe.

Where Amber joy 173 had ploughed on, getting ever further from the bird, Dandy Lass stopped and, treading water, looked back to where Centaine stood on the far bank.

German pipes, of chibouques, with their amber mouthpieces ornamented with coral, and of narghiles, with their long tubes of morocco, awaiting the caprice or the sympathy of the smokers.

It was a Wednesday half-holiday late in March, a spring day glorious in amber light, dazzling white clouds and the intensest blue, casting a powder of wonderful green hither and thither among the trees and rousing all the birds to tumultuous rejoicings, a rousing day, a clamatory insistent day, a veritable herald of summer.

Might find thee in some amber clime, Where sunlight dazzles on the sail, And dreaming of our plighted vale Might seal the dream, and bless the time, With maiden kisses three.

Amber leaned into the cushiony back of the booth and curled up, cat-like, to play with the cream adorning her drink.

They were cold creatures, but her taste of the amber drink, of flying with the darkship, had sensitized her to subtle nuances.