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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ All there was around her was endless waves of ruby and ice with the fog crawling beneath her feet.
▪ And under the plate, among the spinning wheels, diamonds and rubies do battle against friction.
▪ How about a ruby and diamond cluster ring that Frank Sinatra gave Lana Turner?
▪ In pearls and rubies rich the hawthorns show, While through the ice the crimson berries glow.
▪ There weren't any rubies of large size in that period.
▪ When Sophie praised a necklet of rubies that she was wearing, it appeared to give him great pleasure.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ruby \Ru"by\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubied; p. pr. & vb. n. Rubying.] To make red; to redden. [R.]


Ruby \Ru"by\, a. Ruby-colored; red; as, ruby lips.


Ruby \Ru"by\, n.; pl. Rubies. [F. rubis (cf. Pr. robi), LL. rubinus, robinus, fr. L. rubeus red, reddish, akin to ruber. See Rouge, red.]

  1. (Min.) A precious stone of a carmine red color, sometimes verging to violet, or intermediate between carmine and hyacinth red. It is a red crystallized variety of corundum.

    Note: Besides the true or Oriental ruby above defined, there are the balas ruby, or ruby spinel, a red variety of spinel, and the rock ruby, a red variety of garnet.

    Of rubies, sapphires, and pearles white.

  2. The color of a ruby; carmine red; a red tint.

    The natural ruby of your cheeks.

  3. That which has the color of the ruby, as red wine. Hence, a red blain or carbuncle.

  4. (Print.) See Agate, n., 2. [Eng.]

  5. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of South American humming birds of the genus Clytol[ae]ma. The males have a ruby-colored throat or breast.

    Ruby of arsenic, Ruby of sulphur (Chem.), a glassy substance of a red color and a variable composition, but always consisting chiefly of the disulphide of arsenic; -- called also ruby sulphur.

    Ruby of zinc (Min.), zinc sulphide; the mineral zinc blende or sphalerite.

    Ruby silver (Min.), red silver. See under Red.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (source also of Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.


Etymology 1

  1. Of a deep red colour. n. A clear, deep, red variety of corundum, valued as a precious stone. v

  2. (context transitive poetic English) To make red; to redden. Etymology 2

    n. A pronunciation guide written above or beside Chinese or Japanese characters.


adj. having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies [syn: red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby-red, scarlet]

  1. n. a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem

  2. a transparent deep red variety of corundum; used as a gemstone and in lasers

  3. a deep and vivid red [syn: crimson, deep red]

Ruby, AK -- U.S. city in Alaska
Population (2000): 188
Housing Units (2000): 107
Land area (2000): 7.550772 sq. miles (19.556408 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 7.550772 sq. miles (19.556408 sq. km)
FIPS code: 65590
Located within: Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
Location: 64.737306 N, 155.487693 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 99768
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ruby, AK
Ruby, SC -- U.S. town in South Carolina
Population (2000): 348
Housing Units (2000): 182
Land area (2000): 3.107268 sq. miles (8.047788 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.021608 sq. miles (0.055964 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.128876 sq. miles (8.103752 sq. km)
FIPS code: 62080
Located within: South Carolina (SC), FIPS 45
Location: 34.745626 N, 80.175903 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 29741
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ruby, SC
Ruby (disambiguation)

A ruby is a red gemstone.

Ruby may also refer to:

Ruby (Egyptian singer)

Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq (; born October 8, 1981), known as Ruby (, sometimes transliterated as Roubi), is an Egyptian singer, actress and occasional model who rose to fame with her debut single "Enta Aref Leih" ("Do You Know Why?") in 2003.

Ruby (Sirsy album)

Ruby is the third studio album by the Albany-based pop rock band Sirsy. It was released on May 18, 2004.

Ruby (comics)

Ruby, in comics, may refer to:

  • Ruby, a character in Dark Horse Comics' Catalyst: Agents of Change
  • Ruby Thursday, a Marvel Comics supervillain
Ruby (hardware description language)

Ruby is a hardware description language created around 1990 intended to facilitate the notation and development of integrated circuits.

Ruby (band)

Ruby is the collaboration of singer Lesley Rankine and Mark Walk. Rankine relocated from London to Seattle to collaborate with the producer in 1994. Their music styles expanded across the genres of electronic, trip hop, noise, industrial, and jazz, among others. Between 1995 and 2015, the band has released three studio albums, three remix albums and various singles and EPs. The name for this group came about because Rankine and Walk both have maternal grandmothers named "Ruby".

Ruby (programming language)

Ruby is a dynamic, reflective, object-oriented, general-purpose programming language. It was designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto in Japan.

According to its creator, Ruby was influenced by Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp. It supports multiple programming paradigms, including functional, object-oriented, and imperative. It also has a dynamic type system and automatic memory management.


A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum ( aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. Ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with sapphire, emerald and diamond.

The quality of a ruby is determined by its color, cut, and clarity. All of these properties, together with carat weight, affect the value of a ruby. The brightest and most valuable "red" called blood-red or "pigeon blood", commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been treated. Cut and carat (weight) are also an important factor in determining the price. Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July and is usually more pink than garnet, although some rhodolite garnets have a similar pinkish hue to most rubies. The world's most expensive ruby is the Sunrise Ruby.

Ruby (1992 film)

Ruby is a feature film, released in the United States on March 27, 1992, about Jack Ruby, the Dallas, Texas nightclub owner who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement garage of a Dallas city police station in 1963. The film was directed by John Mackenzie and stars Danny Aiello (as Ruby), Sherilyn Fenn (as Sheryl Ann DuJean a.k.a. Candy Cane), and Arliss Howard. It is based on a play written by British screenwriter Stephen Davis. Ruby was released three months after Oliver Stone's movie JFK.

Ruby (elephant)

Ruby (1973 – November 6, 1998) was a 4.5 ton Asian elephant that lived at the Phoenix Zoo and was famous for creating paintings. The most expensive of her paintings sold for $25,000.

Ruby (song)

"Ruby" is a song by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. It was released in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2007 as the lead single from their second studio album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007). It became the band's first ever number-one single on 25 February 2007 and ended 2007 as the year's 10th biggest-selling single in the UK with total sales of 313,765.

A video single of the song was released in the United States at Best Buy stores on 13 March 2007, two weeks before the album was released there, and featured a live version of " Everything Is Average Nowadays" and the B-side "Admire You" (released on the UK 7" version).

The song has sold 375,000 copies in the UK, as stated by the Official Charts Company. "Ruby" also was voted number 13 in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2007.

Ruby (Supernatural)

Ruby is a fictional character on The CW Television Network's Supernatural portrayed mainly by actresses Katie Cassidy and Genevieve Cortese. Created by the writers to expand on the characterization of demons within the series, she first appears in the third season, wherein she assists series protagonists Sam and Dean Winchester in fighting her fellow demons. By the fourth season, she has won Sam's trust and begins training him to kill demons with his psychic powers, though Dean remains fearful of ulterior motives. The character departs the series at the end of the fourth season. Though the fans at first reacted negatively towards Cortese replacing Cassidy after the third season, Cortese and creator Eric Kripke felt that they became more accepting as the fourth season progressed. While fan response to the character was mixed overall, critical reception was generally negative. A common criticism was underwhelming performances by Cassidy and Cortese.

Ruby (color)

Ruby is a color that is a representation of the color of the cut and polished ruby gemstone and is a shade of red or pink. The somewhat deeper color of the uncut, unpolished ruby crystal is called rubelite.

Ruby (given name)

Ruby is a predominantly feminine given name taken from the name of the gemstone ruby. The name of the gemstone comes from the Latin ruber, meaning red. The ruby is the birthstone for the month of July.

The name first came into wide use for girls in the late Victorian era along with other jewel names.

Ruby (TV series)

Ruby is an American reality- documentary television series on Style. The series debuted on November 9, 2008 and follows the life of Ruby Gettinger who lives in Savannah, Georgia as she attempts to lose weight.

On December 12, 2012, it was announced that Style has passed on a fifth season order of the series and it has since been cancelled.

Ruby (actress)

Ruby (born April 21, 1972) is a former pornographic actress. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ruby (Ruby album)

Ruby was the first album by American rock group Ruby, featuring Tom Fogerty.

The instrumental track "BART" (named after the San Francisco Bay Area subway), was frequently used by the BBC to accompany test cards, continuity announcements and Pages from Ceefax from the late 1970s until 2012. When the digital switchover happened, the track was chosen to play out the closure of analogue teletext in the UK, in October 2012.

Ruby (mango)

The 'Ruby' mango is a named mango cultivar that originated in south Florida and is known for its bright red color.

Ruby (1977 film)

Ruby is a 1977 horror drama film directed by Curtis Harrington, which was one of his last horror films. The film centres on a woman named Ruby Claire (played by Piper Laurie) who is the mother of a deaf-mute girl. She runs a drive-in theatre where bizarre things begin to happen to her employees and the spirit of her dead husband possesses her daughter.

Ruby (rock band)

Ruby was an American rock band that between 1976 and 1984 recorded three albums, Ruby, Rock & Roll Madness and Precious Gems (which was credited as Tom Fogerty + Ruby). In 1988 Randy and Tom made another album, Sidekicks, with Kevin Oda in the drums, and Tom's son Jeff on bass; the album wasn't released until 5 years later, by which point Tom had died.

Ruby (2012 TV series)

Ruby is an Arab dramatic series that was produced in 2012 and aired on MBC4 and Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

Ruby (car)

Ruby was a French manufacturer of cyclecars. After automobile production ended they remained in business as an engine builder.

Ruby (surname)

Ruby is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Clayton Ruby, Canadian lawyer
  • Harry Ruby (1895–1974), American songwriter and screenwriter
  • Jack Ruby (1911–1967), the man who killed presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Karine Ruby (1978–2009), French snowboarder
  • Lloyd Ruby (born 1928), race car driver
  • Sam Ruby, software developer

Usage examples of "ruby".

Ignoring the badinage, Ake walked over to where the rubies lay on the floor, kneeled down, and began selecting likely prospects.

The amah wore a midnight blue sari embroidered with silver threat and a necklace of rubies.

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

When I had finished, I loaded it with some chests of rubies, emeralds, ambergris, rock-crystal, and bales of rich stuffs.

Impoverished Argali could never match such an offer: shovels and awls forged from fine metals, stacks of dried firewood, golden bridle bells, dewhoney and molasses, dried rose-leeks, cobberwheat, tri-grains, and reedflour that poured through your fingers like powdered rubies.

I can have my cake and eat it too, you know, in regards to not bailing on Ruby.

Now that she knew her mission, Ruby hurriedly wrapped the plate of baklava in plastic, grabbed her purse and locked the house.

Their imitation gold bangles and necklaces, brooches and rings of cheap rubies, their indispensable high-heeled shoes, glittered under the lights.

She wore rings and bangles, and even a ruby stud on the side of her nose.

Ranchers from remoter parts of the country appeared: Garnett, from the Ruby rancho, Keast, from the ranch of the same name, Gethings, of the San Pablo, Chattern, of the Bonanza, and others and still others, a score of them--elderly men, for the most part, bearded, slow of speech, deliberate, dressed in broadcloth.

Garnett of the Ruby rancho, Keast from the ranch of the same name, Gethings of the San Pablo, and Chattern of the Bonanza, leaned back in their chairs, their waist-coats unbuttoned, their legs spread wide, laughing--they could not tell why.

There remained in the harness room--besides Vanamee and Presley--Magnus Derrick, Annixter, old Broderson Harran, Garnett from the Ruby rancho, Keast from the ranch of the same name, Gethings of the San Pablo, Chattern of the Bonanza, about a score of others, ranchers from various parts of the county, and, last of all, Dabney, ignored, silent, to whom nobody spoke and who, as yet, had not uttered a word.

Promptly these chairs were filled up with members of the League, the audience cheering as certain well-known figures made their appearance--Garnett of the Ruby ranch, Gethings of the San Pablo, Keast of the ranch of the same name, Chattern of the Bonanza, elderly men, bearded, slow of speech, deliberate.

He had some carved Mughal rubies in his own collection, but nothing more than ten carats, and nothing of the quality of the Montegeau ruby.

Ruby got her first close-up look at Thork and choked back her laughter.