jade


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jade \Jade\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Jading.]
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   1. To treat like a jade; to spurn. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   2. To make ridiculous and contemptible. [Obs.]
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            I do now fool myself, to let imagination jade me.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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.
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            The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power,
            . . . checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after.
                                                  --Locke.

   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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.
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   2. A color resembling that of jade[1]; it varies from
      yellowish-green to bluish-green.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jade \Jade\, n. [OE. jade; cf. Prov. E. yaud, Scot. yade, yad,
   yaud, Icel. jalda a mare.]
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   1. A mean or tired horse; a worthless nag. --Chaucer.
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            Tired as a jade in overloaden cart.   --Sir P.
                                                  Sidney.
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   2. A disreputable or vicious woman; a wench; a quean; also,
      sometimes, a worthless man. --Shak.
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            She shines the first of battered jades. --Swift.
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   3. A young woman; -- generally so called in irony or slight
      contempt.
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            A souple jade she was, and strang.    --Burns.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jade \Jade\, v. i.
   To become weary; to lose spirit.
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         They . . . fail, and jade, and tire in the prosecution.
                                                  --South.
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