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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Drinking water in which jade has been soaked will strengthen your body.
▪ I don't deal in jade.
▪ Indeed it is hardly too much to speak of jade and gold as embodying distinct standards of value.
▪ She stole the jade but she's trying to put the blame on me.
▪ Silk, jade and spices became valued commodities.
▪ That sort of green, a clear, pale, jade, was her colour.
▪ There had been stone dragons, and jade dragons so delicate that they disintegrated at a puff of breath.
▪ Uncle Shim would dab his mouth with a silk handkerchief, adjusting his green jade bowtie.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jade \Jade\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Jading.]

  1. To treat like a jade; to spurn. [Obs.]

  2. To make ridiculous and contemptible. [Obs.]

    I do now fool myself, to let imagination jade me.

  3. To exhaust by overdriving or long-continued labor of any kind; to tire, make dull, or wear out by severe or tedious tasks; to harass.

    The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, . . . checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after.

    Syn: To fatigue; tire; weary; harass.

    Usage: To Jade, Fatigue, Tire, Weary. Fatigue is the generic term; tire denotes fatigue which wastes the strength; weary implies that a person is worn out by exertion; jade refers to the weariness created by a long and steady repetition of the same act or effort. A little exertion will tire a child or a weak person; a severe or protracted task wearies equally the body and the mind; the most powerful horse becomes jaded on a long journey by a continual straining of the same muscles. Wearied with labor of body or mind; tired of work, tired out by importunities; jaded by incessant attention to business.


Jade \Jade\ (j[=a]d), n. [F., fr. Sp. jade, fr. piedra de ijada stone of the side, fr. ijada flank, side, pain in the side, the stone being so named because it was supposed to cure this pain. Sp. ijada is derived fr. L. ilia flanks. Cf. Iliac.]

  1. (Min.) A stone, commonly of a pale to dark green color but sometimes whitish. It is very hard and compact, capable of fine polish, and is used for ornamental purposes and for implements, esp. in Eastern countries and among many early peoples.

    Note: The general term jade includes nephrite, a compact variety of tremolite with a specific gravity of 3, and also the mineral jadeite, a silicate of alumina and soda, with a specific gravity of 3.3. The latter is the more highly prized and includes the feitsui of the Chinese. The name has also been given to other tough green minerals capable of similar use.

  2. A color resembling that of jade[1]; it varies from yellowish-green to bluish-green.


Jade \Jade\, n. [OE. jade; cf. Prov. E. yaud, Scot. yade, yad, yaud, Icel. jalda a mare.]

  1. A mean or tired horse; a worthless nag.

    Tired as a jade in overloaden cart.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

  2. A disreputable or vicious woman; a wench; a quean; also, sometimes, a worthless man.

    She shines the first of battered jades.

  3. A young woman; -- generally so called in irony or slight contempt.

    A souple jade she was, and strang.


Jade \Jade\, v. i. To become weary; to lose spirit.

They . . . fail, and jade, and tire in the prosecution.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ornamental stone, 1721, earlier iada (1590s), from French le jade, error for earlier l'ejade, from Spanish piedra de (la) ijada (1560s), "stone of colic, pain in the side" (jade was thought to cure this), from Vulgar Latin *iliata, from Latin ilia (plural) "flanks, kidney area" (see ileum).


"worn-out horse," late 14c., "cart horse," of uncertain origin. Barnhart suggests a variant of yaid, yald "whore," literally "mare," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse jalda "mare," from Finno-Ugric (compare Mordvin al'd'a "mare"). But OED finds the assumption of a Scandinavian connection "without reason." As a term of abuse for a woman, it dates from 1550s.


"to weary, tire out, make dull," c.1600, from jade (n.2). Related: Jaded; jading.


Etymology 1

  1. Of a grayish shade of green, typical of jade stones. n. (senseid en gem)(context uncountable English) A semiprecious stone, either nephrite or jadeite, generally green or white in color, often used for carving figurines. Etymology 2

    n. 1 A horse too old to be put to work. 2 (cx especially pejorative English) A woman. v

  2. 1 To tire, weary or fatigue 2 (context obsolete English) To treat like a jade; to spurn. 3 (context obsolete English) To make ridiculous and contemptible.

  1. n. a semiprecious gemstone that takes a high polish; is usually green but sometimes whitish; consists of jadeite or nephrite [syn: jadestone]

  2. a woman adulterer [syn: adulteress, fornicatress, hussy, loose woman, slut, strumpet, trollop]

  3. a light green color varying from bluish green to yellowish green [syn: jade green]

  4. an old or over-worked horse [syn: hack, nag, plug]

  1. v. get tired of something or somebody [syn: tire, pall, weary, fatigue]

  2. exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue] [ant: refresh]


adj. similar to the color of jade; especially varying from bluish green to yellowish green [syn: jade-green]


Jade is an ornamental rock. The term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are composed of different silicate minerals:

  • Nephrite consists of a microcrystalline interlocking fibrous matrix of the calcium, magnesium-iron rich amphibole mineral series tremolite (calcium-magnesium)-ferroactinolite (calcium-magnesium-iron). The middle member of this series with an intermediate composition is called actinolite (the silky fibrous mineral form is one form of asbestos). The higher the iron content, the greener the colour.
  • Jadeite is a sodium- and aluminium-rich pyroxene. The gem form of the mineral is a microcrystalline interlocking crystal matrix.
Jade (comics)

Jade (Jennifer-Lynn Hayden) is a fictional superhero in the . She first appeared in All-Star Squadron #25 in September 1983.

Jade (Mortal Kombat)

Jade is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway Games. Debuting in 1993's Mortal Kombat II as an unplayable secret character who was a green palette swap of Kitana, Jade made her first playable appearance in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. She has since become a regular supporting character in the franchise, appearing on series merchandise in addition to alternate Mortal Kombat media, such as comic books and the feature film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

In the games, Jade's initial background is that of an assassin in the service of evil Outworld emperor Shao Kahn, which was expanded in UMK3 and onwards to her being a friend and confidante of Princess Kitana, as well as a fellow patriot of their otherworldly home realm of Edenia that was enslaved by Kahn. In the series reboot, Jade is a central character in the game's story mode and additionally joins forces with the Earthrealm warriors in their attempt to defeat Kahn. She is often regarded as one of the best series characters in regards to gameplay, and the character has received mostly positive general and critical reception, though mainly due to her sex appeal.

JADE (cypher machine)

JADE was the codename given by US codebreakers to a Japanese World War II cipher machine. The Imperial Japanese Navy used the machine for communications from late 1942 until 1944. JADE was similar to another cipher machine, CORAL, with the main difference that JADE was used to encipher messages in katakana using an alphabet of 50 symbols.

Jade (Sweetbox album)

Jade is the third album of Sweetbox and the second with Jade Villalon as a frontwoman. It was released in 2002 in Japan and Europe, 2003 in Taiwan, and 2004 in Korea. Although similar to Classified, the album saw new influences emerging, and showcased a number of tracks, such as "Lighter Shade of Blue", that had not sampled famous classical pieces.

A year later, a Silver edition was released with acoustic versions of some of the songs, including remixes and the re-vamped, re-done version of "Lighter Shade of Blue" that was featured on the "Here on My Own" music video, and a bonus DVD with three music videos.

Jade (disambiguation)

Jade is an ornamental stone.

Jade may also refer to:

Jade (UK band)

Jade was an English folk rock band founded in 1970 by Dave Waite & Marianne Segal who had been performing as a folk duo since the mid-1960s. In the United States the group was known as Marianne Segal and Silver Jade. Jade consisted of Segal ( songwriter, vocals, guitar, percussion), Waite (guitar, banjo, bass and vocals) and Rod Edwards ( keyboards, bass and vocals).

Their album Fly On Strangewings (DJLPS 407) was recorded in March 1970, at Trident Studios, Soho, London. The album was produced by John Miller and engineered by Robin Cable for DJM Records. The following musicians contributed to the album; James Litherland – guitar; Pete Sears – bass; Michael Rosen – guitar; Clem Cattini – drums; Terry Cox – drums; Pete York – drums; Mick Waller – drums; Harry Reynolds – bass; Phil Dennys - string arrangements. The album featured harpsichord, violin as well as guitar instrumentation, combined with male and female vocal harmonies.

Jade disbanded in the autumn of 1971. They reformed for a single performance in November 2004 to mark the CD reissue of their album. The 2004 reissue of "Fly On Strangewings" on CD added a couple of bonus tracks. The bonus tracks were recorded after the original LP was released in 1970 and include previously unreleased material with John Wetton on bass.

Jade (American group)

Jade is an American hip hop soul group active during the early to mid-1990s. The group consisted of Tonya Kelly, Joi Marshall, and Di Reed. During their brief yet successful career, Jade released two studio albums, one live album, and a string of popular R&B singles.

Jade (Chaos! Comics)

Jade is fictional comic book character published by Chaos! Comics.

Jade (river)

The Jade is a 22 km long river in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany. Rising near Oldenburg, it flows into the Jade Bight, a bay of the North Sea, near Varel.

Jade (film)

Jade is a 1995 American erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna and Michael Biehn. The original music score was composed by James Horner based on a song composed by Loreena McKennitt. The film was marketed with the tagline "Some fantasies go too far."

JADE (particle detector)

JADE was a particle detector at the particle accelerator PETRA at DESY, Hamburg. It was operated from 1979 to 1986. JADE's most important scientific achievement was the discovery of the gluon in three jet events. It also helped greatly in establishing quantum chromodynamics. JADE is an acronym for Japan, Deutschland, and England, the three countries from which the participating universities originated. The JADE jet chamber is now exhibited in the physics lecture hall at the University of Heidelberg. Although the last data taken with JADE are 20 years old, analysis continues with the most recent paper published in 2005.

JADE (programming language)

JADE is a proprietary object-oriented software development and deployment platform product from the New Zealand-based Jade Software Corporation, first released in 1996. It consists of the JADE programming language, IDE and debugger, integrated application server and object database management system.

Designed as an end-to-end development environment to allow systems to be coded in one language from the database server down to the clients, it also provides APIs for other languages, including .NET Framework, Java, C/ C++ and Web services.

As a programming language, its main competitors are Java and C#, while as a database it competes with other object-oriented databases and post-relational databases such as Versant, Caché and Matisse as well as traditional relational database software packages such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

Although a free limited licence is available for development, using the JADE platform requires per-process fees to be paid.

Jade (Beyond Good & Evil)

Jade is a fictional character and the protagonist of the action-adventure video game Beyond Good & Evil. She is a photo-journalist, and was created by Ubisoft developer Michel Ancel, with the goal of creating a character resembling a real person, rather than a "sexy action woman". In Beyond Good & Evil, she and her uncle Pey'j, a half- pig half-human, work together to both rescue orphans they were taking care of and expose governmental corruption.

Since appearing in Beyond Good & Evil, Jade has been met with a very positive reception and has been included on several lists of top female video game characters. She has been compared to other such characters, including Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2.

Jade (game engine)

The Jade engine is a game engine developed and used by Ubisoft. The engine was originally developed by a development team on Ubisoft Montpellier, including Michel Ancel, for their critically acclaimed video game Beyond Good & Evil, the main character of which, Jade, shares its name. The engine allows for great flexibility that includes different gameplay sequences and detailed graphics, both in cinematics and gameplay. Since its introduction in 2003, the engine has been developed further for use in later games, listed below.

Jade (given name)

Jade is a given name derived from the ornamental stone jade, which is used in artwork and in jewellery making. The name is derived from the Spanish piedra de la ijada, which means "stone of the colic." There was a belief that when jade was placed on the stomach, it could cure colic in babies. The stone is greatly valued in Asian countries. Confucius believed it had properties encouraging purity, bravery, and honesty. Chinese emperors were buried in suits made of the stone because they believed it would make them live on forever.

The name has been used for both boys and girls in the United States. Jade was the 113th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007. It ranked among the 1,000 most common names for boys born in the United States throughout the mid-1990s. Jade was the 232nd most common name for girls in England and Wales in 2007. In the mid-1990s, Jade was among the top 25 most popular names for girls in England and Wales. It was also among the 100 most common names for girls in Scotland, France, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland in recent years. Jada, a variant of the name, was the 97th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007 and was the 89th most popular name for girls in British Columbia, Canada in 2006. Jayda, a spelling variant, was the 262nd most popular name for girls born in 2007 in the United States. Spelling variant Jaida was the 536th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007 Giada, an Italian variant of the name, was the 839th most popular name for girls in the United States in 2007. Jaden, also a popular name for boys and girls in the United States with multiple spelling variants, is also sometimes seen as a variant of Jade.

Jade has become increasingly popular in France since 1990. It was the 7th most given name for girls there in 2005.

Jade (Flowing Tears album)

Jade is the third album by the German gothic metal band Flowing Tears. It is their first album after changing their name from Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers. The track Wild Horses is mistakenly listed as White Horses on the album.

Jade (Corey Hart album)

Jade is the ninth album by Corey Hart, released in 1998. It generated three singles.

Jade (El Clon)

Jade Mebarak is a fictional Arab woman and the series protagonist on the Telemundo television series El Clon. The character is portrayed by actress Sandra Echeverria, and was created by Glória Perez.

In the Brazilian version of the novel, the actress Giovanna Antonelli interpreted Jade.

Jade (song)

"Jade" is a song by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, released on June 28, 2011 in Europe, North and South America, and on July 13 in Japan and Southeast Asia. It is the band's third single since reuniting in 2007 and the second to feature newest member Sugizo on guitar, as well as their first worldwide release.

Jade (wrestler)

Stephanie Bell (born April 16, 1989) is a Korean-American professional wrestler, also known by the ring name Mia Yim. She is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Jade. She is best known for her work on the independent circuit in the United States, for promotions including Ring of Honor (ROH), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Shimmer Women Athletes, and Shine Wrestling. In Shine, she has previously held both the Shine Championship and the Shine Tag Team Championship with Leva Bates. In addition, she has wrestled in Japan.

JADE (planning system)

Joint Assistant for Development and Execution (JADE) is a U.S. military system used for planning the deployment of military forces in crisis situations.

The U.S. military developed this automated planning software system in order to expedite the creation of the detailed planning needed to deploy military forces for a military operation. JADE uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology combining user input, a knowledge base of stored plans, and suggestions by the system to provide the ability to develop large-scale and complex plans in minimal time.

Jade (drum and bass producer)

Drum and bass producer and DJ, Gabor Simon "Jade", owner of the drum and bass record label, Eatbrain.

Usage examples of "jade".

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

I had worn during our visit to the Ancestress, and the silver belt with the jade trim and the gold-spattered fan.

Besides the lovely arrangements of cut flowers, there were eight-foot tall areca palms in strategic locations, succulent jade, rhododendrons.

We saw her in fantastic dresses of silk and lace, edged with turquoise filigree, white gowns, and yellow hats, waving a fan of blue feathers, with expensive bangles of silver and gold weighing her arms, and necklaces of pearl and jade round her neck.

Tom Cadge slept blissfully on in the backseat, and Shar contemplated the Gate from the hood of the car, a fox of white jade wrapped in shiny silver gift wrap.

Among the booty was a set of throne-like chairs, each adorned with carvings of flowers: marigolds of topaz and crocodilite, roses of pink quartz, hyacinths of lapis lazuli, their leaves cut from chryso-prase, olivine, jade.

For his feet, there were ankle boots of soft doeskin leather, held closed with a carved jade button at the outside of each ankle.

Since the durian is endemic in a very restricted portion of the globe, and since those who have watched the vital process may be comparatively few in number and therefore unlikely to be jaded by the truisms of these pages, a few words in explanation may not be resented.

It was there, some fifty paces down the Hall of Jade Efreets, that he noticed the man following him.

The soft swell of girlish breasts, between which nestled the exotic jade brooch, moved him so that he felt his groin swell and engorge pleasantly.

There was a jade pendant which Oliver Fane had brought from China for his wife Lilian, a peach with two leaves, and a little winged creature crawling on it.

Between these fenestrations soared slender golden pillars twined with living ivy leaves and carved ones of peridot, jade, and emerald.

We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictile enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears.

Now this was a very long time ago, before men had recognized the ginseng plant for what it was, and the lovely plant beside Jade Pearl was nothing less than the Queen of Ginseng.

Surely a fellow as greedy as the duke would not miss the fact that the Queen of Ginseng had to be the most valuable plant on the face of the earth, and with Jade Pearl as his captive, he would probably have been able to capture her godmother as well.