Origin of opalClassical Latin opalus from Classical Greek opallios from Sanskrit úpala?, (precious) stone
- A mineral of hydrated silica.
- A gemstone made of this mineral, noted for its rich iridescence.
Origin of opalMiddle English opalus from Latin alteration of Greek opallios probably from Sanskrit upalah from variant of upara- lower from upa below ; see upo in Indo-European roots.
- A female given name from the precious stone, invented in the nineteenth century.
- (Australia) A type of petrol made by British Petroleum designed to be unable to be used for petrol sniffing. [Developed 2005.]
opal - Computer Definition
The original name of software from CA Technologies that converts legacy output from mainframes and minicomputers into a graphical-based format. Now part of its Advantage Integration Server suite, the technology provides the development environment and supports 3270, 5250 and VT220 terminals and ODBC-compliant databases. Development can be done by drag and drop or by scripting in OpalScript or VBScript. A Telnet connection to the mainframe is provided and maintains a connection to the desktop allowing the Web browser or a Windows client with the software to have access to the newly formatted data. See green screen.