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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amber of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
    • n amber a deep yellow color "an amber light illuminated the room","he admired the gold of her hair"
    • n amber a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amber (Min) A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.
    • Amber Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky.
    • Amber Ambergris. "You that smell of amber at my charge."
    • Amber Consisting of amber; made of amber. "Amber bracelets."
    • Amber Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored. "The amber morn."
    • Amber The balsam, liquidambar.
    • Amber To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.
    • Amber To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amber A vessel with one handle; a pail; a bucket; a pitcher.
    • n amber An old English measure of 4 bushels.
    • n amber Ambergris (which see).
    • n amber A mineralized pale-yellow, sometimes reddish or brownish, resin of extinct pine-trees, occurring in beds of lignite and in alluvial soils, but found in greatest abundance on the shores of the Baltic, between Königsberg and Memel, where it is thrown up by the sea. It is a hard, translucent, brittle substance, having a specific gravity of 1.07. It is without taste or smell, except when heated; it then emits a fragrant odor. Its most remarkable quality is its capability of becoming negatively electric by friction; indeed, the word electricity is derived from the Greek for amber, ἤλεκτσον. It sometimes contains remains of extinct species of insects. It yields by distillation an empyreumatic oil consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons and succinic acid. It is now used chiefly for the mouthpieces of pipes and for beads, and in the arts for amber varnish. In mineralogy it is called succinite. Artificial amber is for the most part colophony.
    • n amber In the English versions of the Old Testament (Ezek. i. 4, 27; viii. 2) used to translate the Hebrew word chashmal, a shining metal, rendered in the Septuagint ēlektron, and in the Vulgate electrum. See electrum.
    • n amber Liquid-ambar.
    • amber Consisting of or resembling amber; of the color of amber.
    • amber Having the odor of ambergris.
    • amber To scent or flavor with amber or ambergris.
    • amber To make amber-colored.
    • amber To inclose in amber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amber am′bėr a yellowish fossil resin, used in making ornaments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aumbre, F. ambre, Sp. ámbar, and with the Ar. article, alámbar, fr. Ar. 'anbar, ambergris
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—Ar. ‛anbar, ambergris.


In literature:

Thin sap formed a bead of amber moisture at the break in the stalk as she looked at it.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
How few were the objects brought to Amber's view in their small secluded home!
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
True, it is only heroes that have amber eyes.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
The water will be broad and gold, and darkened here and there into shadows of porphyrine amber.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
What was that luminous opal but a lagoon, a pearly lagoon, with floating in it islands of amber, their beaches crisped with ruby foam?
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The hills to the south were soaring bubbles of exquisite green vapor dashed with amber and pink and red.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
In amber, or some crystal shell, Yet lost ere you transfuse your smell.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Emerging from the dining room, the ladies crossed the large amber rug, like moving images made of multicolored light.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The refractive index of amber is 1.51, but heat none, being opaque.
"The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones" by John Mastin
Rows of amber beads encircled her brown throat.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The French also make pipes of agate, amber, crystal, carnelian and ivory, as well as the various kinds of pure or mixed metals.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
The hermit produced some flasks of amber-coloured wine from his stores in the grotto.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Lights full up, white and amber, strip light off door right.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
A circular wall of pale amber mist rose behind me; the shores of a new and beautiful country stretched before.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
Why is the boy called Amber-Locks?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
In the sun it gleams golden, with a radiance of red; for it is amber colour, as he has styled it.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I had a new toy yesterday, an amber ball.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
Anne looked regally handsome in gold-colored tissue and paillettes that gave a tawny light to her eyes and hair, and to her skin an amber glow.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The princess looked at me with her beautiful wistful eyes, as she had looked when she gave me the amber roses in the narrow street.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Amber and white will harmonize with celery, salads, ices and other articles needed at a luncheon.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke

In poetry:

In delinquency
To disappoint
The amber of water
At a high soul
"Like A Soul" by Henry David Thoreau
I know how fire burns,
How from the wrangling fumes
Rose and amber blooms,
And slowly dies.
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
Dusking amber dimly creeps
Over the vale,
Lit by the kildee's silver sweeps,
Sad with his wail.
"Storm-Ebb" by Cale Young Rice
Dusking amber dimly dies
Out of the vale.
Dead from the dunes the winds arise--
Ghosts of the gale.
"Storm-Ebb" by Cale Young Rice
And the colour of your gown,
It was amber-brown,
And two yellow satin bows
From the shoulders rose.
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
Knowing what I am to him
Sitting in his gouty chair
On the breezy terrace where
Amber fire-flies swim?
"A Guinevere" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

One of my favorite rites of fall is to watch the leaves on the trees around my home turn amber, persimmon and ruby.
It is actually amber in color, like cider vinegar, but is called white or sometimes clear soy because it will not darken as it seasons.
Are Amber and Wiz Khalifa Ready to Wed.
The glamorous, Fashion Week-laden romance of rapper Kanye West and model Amber Rose is finished.
Amber Alert issued for missing 11-year-old girl.
House (Hugh Laurie), left, and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), who went on leave after Amber died, finally speak.
I have to admit that I spent much of the first half of Amber Dermont's debut novel wondering if I was really going to review it for this blog.
The Starboard Sea,' Amber Dermont's Debut Novel.
The Starboard Sea,' a Novel by Amber Dermont.
The template for Amber Dermont's first novel is deceptively familiar.
Howe's Brianna Hillebrand, right, dribbles past an Amber-Pocasset player during the consolation championship game of the Class 2A Area Tournament last March at the new Wilburton Gym.
Erica Mallott, 5, has her number put on just before riding "Amber" into the arena during the Stick Horse Contest Friday at the Boone County Fair.
Amber Jackson and Robert Stry were united in marriage Aug 31, 2012, at an evening outdoor ceremony performed by the Rev.
Amber Proctor, local belly dancer, performs Thursday at the Jazzhaus.
Troubled Teen Mom Amber Portwood is in jail following a probation violation and has her latest mug shot.

In science:

The ob jectives of the February run was mainly to bring AMBER (see AMB-ATF-001 memo) into contractual specifications the accuracy of the absolute visibility, of the differential and of the closure phase through a fundamental analysis of the instrument status and limitations.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Before the run, a new implementation of the AMBER software by A.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
The first days of the run were dedicated to the alignment of AMBER and characterization of its behavior.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
We end our report with the AMBER Task Force recommendations given in Sect. 5.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
In order to contribute to a better understanding of the AMBER/VLTI system, we have developed a software to model the experimental P2VM, and our own data reduction software to have a full control of each step of the data reduction process which was not possible using the actual amdlib package written in C language.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Although we have not been able to test all modes of AMBER with the ATF software, we think that it brings significant improvements with a visible impact on the final sensitivity limit.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
The first days of the run were dedicated to the alignment of AMBER and characterization of its behavior.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
We performed a Fourier Transform Spectrograph analysis of AMBER Low Resolution JHK spectra by moving incrementally by steps of 0.01 microns the piezos on beams 1 and 3 for each band (see appendix E).
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Each pixel of the Interferometric region on the camera of AMBER (32 by 60 pixels in this LR mode) is thus modulated with a period equal to the wavelength it sees.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Our main goal for the AMBER Task Force run was to find the origin of the performance limitations of AMBER.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
AMBER documentation provides a description of the polarizers which is recalled in appendix G.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Figure 2: AMBER resulting transfer function without the polarizers.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
The new piezo-controlled ’Iris Fast Guiding’ (hereafter IFG) positioning of the AMBER entrance beams and the availability of the AT beacons were used to test whether the injection of the beam creates or increases the “phase beating” effect.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Monitoring the AMBER observables when touching various mechanical supports of the CAU showed that the large parabolic mirror of the CAU (see Fig. 19 in Appendix D) might be at the origin of some fluctuations.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Also AMBER has not been tested in all modes, we believe that the polarizers and the CAU mirror were the main sources of visibility fluctuations.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report