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JADE, noun

1. A mean or poor horse; a tired horse; a worthless nag.

Tired as a jade in overloaden cart.

2. A mean woman; a word of contempt, noting sometimes age, but generally vice.

She shines the first of battered jades.

3. A young woman; in irony or slight contempt.

JADE, noun A mineral called also nephrite or nephritic stone, remarkable for its hardness and tenacity, of a color more or less green, and of a resinous or oily aspect when polished. It is fusible into a glass or enamel. Cleveland divides jade into three subspecies, nephrite, saussurite, and axestone. It is found in detached masses or inhering in rocks.

JADE, verb transitive To tire; to fatigue; to weary with hard service; as, to jade a horse.

1. To weary with attention or study; to tire.

The mind once jaded by an attempt above its power, is very hardly brought to exert its force again.

2. To harass; to crush.

3. To tire or wear out in mean offices; as a jaded groom.

4. To ride; to rule with tyranny.

I do not now fool myself, to let imagination jade me.

JADE, verb intransitive To become weary; to lose spirit; to sink.

They are promising in the beginning, but they fail and jade and tire in the prosecution.