Several different colored gems.
- An example of a gem is an emerald.
- An example of a gem is an excellent employee.
- 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 ?embhna from base an unverified form ?embh-, to bite, tooth from source comb
transitive verbgemmed, gem′ming
- A piece of a valuable mineral or minerallike substance that has been cut, polished, or otherwise prepared 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 muffin, especially a very small one.
transitive verbgemmed, gem·ming, gems
Origin of gemMiddle English gemme from Old French from Latin gemma ; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
- A native or resident of the American state of Idaho.
gem - Computer Definition
(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.