- The definition of a gem is a jewel, valuable stone, or something highly valued.
- An example of a gem is an emerald.
- An example of a gem is an excellent employee.
Several different colored gems.
- a cut and polished gemstone or a pearl, used for ornamentation
- gemstone: a fortune in uncut gems
- anything prized for its beauty and value, esp. if small and perfect of its kind
- a highly valued person
- ☆ a kind of muffin
Origin of gemMiddle English gemme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin gemma, a swelling, bud, precious stone ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝembhna ; from base an unverified form ĝembh-, to bite, tooth from source comb
- A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
- a. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book.b. A beloved or highly prized person.
- A type of muffin.
transitive verbgemmed gemmed, gem·ming, gems
Origin of gemMiddle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
- A precious stone, usually of substantial monetary value or prized for its beauty or shine.
- (figuratively) any precious or highly valued thing or person
- She's an absolute gem.
- Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, such as a small picture, a verse of poetry, or an epigram.
- a gem of wit
- a type of geometrid moth, Orthonama obstipata
- (computing) A package containing programs or libraries for the Ruby programming language.
(third-person singular simple present gems, present participle gemming, simple past and past participle gemmed)
- To adorn with, or as if with, gems.
gem - Computer Definition
(1) See JEM.
(2) (gem) The format for packaging Ruby programs via the RubyGems package manager. See Ruby.
(3) (Graphics Environment Manager) A early graphical user interface from Digital Research that was similar to the Mac/Windows environment. It was built into ROM in several Atari computers. The DOS version of Ventura Publisher came with a runtime version of GEM, enabling graphics-based page layout on a PC, which was not common at the time.