Definition of Sable

1. Noun. An artist's brush made of sable hairs.

Exact synonyms: Sable Brush, Sable's Hair Pencil
Generic synonyms: Brush
Specialized synonyms: Rigger, Rigger Brush

2. Adjective. Of a dark somewhat brownish black.
Similar to: Achromatic, Neutral

3. Noun. The expensive dark brown fur of the marten.
Generic synonyms: Fur, Pelt

4. Noun. A very dark black.
Exact synonyms: Coal Black, Ebony, Jet Black, Pitch Black, Soot Black
Generic synonyms: Black, Blackness, Inkiness
Derivative terms: Ebonize

5. Noun. A scarf (or trimming) made of sable.
Generic synonyms: Scarf

6. Noun. Marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur.
Exact synonyms: Martes Zibellina
Generic synonyms: Marten, Marten Cat

Definition of Sable

1. n. A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur.

2. a. Of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly in poetry.

3. v. t. To render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black.

Definition of Sable

1. Noun. A small carnivorous mammal of the Old World that resembles a weasel, ''Mustela zibellina'', from cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, valued for its dark brown fur. ¹

2. Noun. The marten, especially ''Mustela americana''. ¹

3. Noun. The fur or pelt of the sable or other species of martens; a coat made from this fur. ¹

4. Noun. An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable. ¹

5. Noun. (tincture): A black colour on a coat of arms. ¹

6. Noun. A black colour, resembling the fur of some sables. ¹

7. Noun. (in the plural sables) Black garments worn in mourning. ¹

8. Adjective. Of the black colour sable. ¹

9. Adjective. (tincture): In blazon, of the colour black. ¹

10. Adjective. Made of sable fur. ¹

11. Adjective. Dark, somber. ¹

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Definition of Sable

1. a carnivorous mammal [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sable

1. Of the colour of the sable's fur; dark; black; used chiefly in poetry. "Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, In rayless majesty, now stretches forth Her leaden scepter o'er a slumbering world." (Young) Sable antelope, the lemming. 1. A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur. The sable resembles the marten, but has a longer head and ears. Its fur consists of a soft under wool, with a dense coat of hair, overtopped by another still longer. It varies greatly in colour and quality according to the locality and the season of the year. The darkest and most valuable furs are taken in autumn and winter in the colder parts of Siberia, Russia, and British North America. The American sable, or marten, was formerly considered a distinct species (Mustela Americana), but it differs very little from the Asiatic sable, and is now considered only a geographical variety. 2. The fur of the sable. 3. A mouring garment; a funeral robe; generally in the plural. "Sables wove by destiny." 4. The tincture black; represented by vertical and horizontal lines each other. Origin: OF. Sable, F. Zibeline sable (in sense 4), LL. Sabellum; cf. D. Sabel, Dan. Sabel, zobel, Sw. Sabel, sobel, G. Zobel; all fr. Russ. Sobole. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sable

sabine pine
sabinol dehydrogenase
sable (current term)
sable's hair pencil
sable antelope
sable brush
sable coat
sabot heart

Literary usage of Sable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"Fox: Argent, a cheveron twixt 3 foxes' heads erased FORSTER : sable, ... MITTON : Parte p. pale, gules and azure, a spread eagle or and sable. ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1825)
"Gules, a lion rampant Argent, crowned Or.—Crest, an eagle's head, betwixt the wings sable, coming out of a crown Argent."... He observes j " Sir Richard de ..."

3. The Gentleman's Magazine (1865)
"sable, a wolf rampant or, in chief three estoiles of the last—Wilson. 2. ... Argent, a fesse sable, three mullets in chief of the second—Townley. 5. ..."

4. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1902)
"sable Island lies about sixty miles south of the nearest coast of Nova Scotia, ... Most people who have any idea at all about sable Island think of it as.a ..."

5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"THE recent discovery of the breeding of Kirtland's Warbler in the valley of the Au sable River, Mich., has given that region a peculiar interest from an ..."

6. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum (1901)
"CHAPTER III Good-by to the American coast — Off sable Island in a fog—In the open sea — The ... M. passed Cape sable; distance, three cables from the land. ..."

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