Definitions of pearl

  1. To fringe; to border.
  2. To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother- of- pearl. Used also figuratively.
  3. To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
  4. To set or adorn with pearls.
  5. To resemble pearl or pearls.
  6. To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
  7. To set or adorn with pearls; to resemble pearls.
  8. a shade of white the color of bleached bones
  9. a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
  10. A fringe or border.
  11. A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother- of- pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones.
  12. Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious.
  13. Nacre, or mother- of- pearl.
  14. A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
  15. A light- colored tern.
  16. A whitish speck or film on the eye.
  17. A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
  18. A size of type, between agate and diamond.
  19. A small round mass of lustrous substance, grayish- white or creamy in color, growing in the mother- of- pearl coating which lines the shell of the oyster, and used as a gem; a pale grayish- white color.
  20. A well- known shining gem, found in several shelfish, but most in the mother- of- pearl oyster: anything round and clear: anything very precious: a jewel: a white speck or film on the eye: ( print.) a kind of type intermediate between agate and diamond.
  21. Beautiful white concretion found in shell- fish; anything precious, or like a pearl.
  22. Pearly.
  23. A silvery- white, smooth, and iridescent gem, extracted from the pearl- oyster; something round and clear, like a dewdrop; anything very precious; a white speck growing on the eye; a small sort of type.
  24. A hard, smooth, small body, of a white iridescent colour and round shape, found in species of oyster, and in other bivalves, highly valued for its beauty; figuratively, something very precious.
  25. In the shells of some Mussels, an abnormal growth formed with a grain of foreign matter or a minute organism for nucleus and many thin layers of nacre surrounding it.
  26. relating to or resembling or made of or adorned with pearls or mother- of- pearl; " a pearl- handled knife"
  27. Consisting or made of pearl.
  28. Made of or belonging to pearls.
  29. Pertaining to or made of pearls.
  30. Designating a small printing- type.