a rock imagined by some become of impenetrable stiffness a name provided to the diamond along with other substances of severe stiffness but in modern-day mineralogy it has no technical signification It is now a rhetorical or poetical name for embodiment of impenetrable stiffness
- quite difficult local crystalline carbon respected as a gem
- impervious to pleas, persuasion, demands, reason
- A stone thought by some become of impenetrable stiffness; a name given to the diamond along with other substances of severe hardness; but in modern-day mineralogy it offers no technical signification. It is currently a rhetorical or poetical title for embodiment of impenetrable stiffness.
- Lodestone; magnet.
late 14c., "hard, unbreakable," from adamant (n.). Figurative sense of "unshakeable" first recorded 1670s. Relevant: Adamantly; adamance.
- mid-14c., from Old French adamant and straight from Latin adamantem (nominative adamas) "adamant, hardest iron, metal," also figuratively, of character, from Greek adamas (genitive adamantos) "unbreakable, inflexible" metaphoric of such a thing unalterable, in addition the name of a hypothetical hardest material, maybe virtually "invincible," from a- "not" + daman "to conquer, to tame" (see tame (adj.)), or otherwise a word of foreign origin altered to conform to Greek. Used in antiquity to a steel resembling gold (Plato), white sapphire, magnet (by Ovid, perhaps via confusion with Latin adamare "to love passionately"), metal, emery rock, and particularly diamond (see diamond). "The name features therefore always been of long and fluctuating good sense" [Century Dictionary]. The word was at Old English as a
(n.) A stone imagined by some to be of impenetrable stiffness; a name fond of the diamond and other substances of severe hardness; however in modern mineralogy it's no technical signification. It is now a rhetorical or poetical name for embodiment of impenetrable hardness.
- (letter.) Lodestone; magnet.
Howie continued to look to us for direction while remaining adamant we exclude so much as mention of what we were doing to anyone outside our group.