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Definition: Diamond finch
(?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F.
diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel,
diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence
of Gr. ? transparent. See Adamant
1. A precious stone or gem excelling in brilliancy and
beautiful play of prismatic colors, and remarkable for
Note: The diamond is native carbon in isometric crystals,
often octahedrons with rounded edges. It is usually
colorless, but some are yellow, green, blue, and even
black. It is the hardest substance known. The diamond
as found in nature (called a rough diamond) is cut, for
use in jewelry, into various forms with many reflecting
faces, or facets, by which its brilliancy is much
increased. See Brilliant
. Diamonds are said
to be of the first water when very transparent, and of
the second or third water as the transparency
2. A geometrical figure, consisting of four equal straight
lines, and having two of the interior angles acute and two
obtuse; a rhombus; a lozenge.
3. One of a suit of playing cards, stamped with the figure of
4. (Arch.) A pointed projection, like a four-sided pyramid,
used for ornament in lines or groups.
5. (Baseball) The infield; the square space, 90 feet on a
side, having the bases at its angles.
6. (Print.) The smallest kind of type in English printing,
except that called brilliant, which is seldom seen.
Note: [hand] This line is printed in the type called
, coal; (Min.) See Carbonado
. See Bristol stone
, under Bristol
(Zo["o]l.), a large South American weevil
), remarkable for its splendid luster
and colors, due to minute brilliant scales.
(Zo["o]l.), a small Australian bird
, family Ampelid[ae]
.). It is
black, with white spots.
(Engin.), a rod or tube the end of which is
set with black diamonds; -- used for perforating hard
substances, esp. for boring in rock.
(Zo["o]l.), a small Australian sparrow, often
kept in a cage. Its sides are black, with conspicuous
white spots, and the rump is bright carmine.
(Iron Working), a groove of V-section in a
(Chem.), a small steel mortar used for
pulverizing hard substances.
, a cutting tool whose point is
(Zo["o]l.), a harmless snake of Australia
); the carpet snake.
, a small diamond set in a glazier's tool,
for cutting glass.
(f[i^]nch), n.; pl. Finches
[AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc
a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo["o]l.)
A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to
the family Fringillid[ae]
Note: The word is often used in composition, as in chaffinch,
goldfinch, grassfinch, pinefinch, etc.
. See Brambling
, the canary bird.
. See Chaffinch
. See under Diamond
(Zo["o]l.), one of several very small East
Indian falcons of the genus Hierax
To pull a finch
, to swindle an ignorant or unsuspecting
person. [Obs.] “Privily a finch eke could he pull.”