- to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
- to assume definite or concrete form.
Also especially British, crys·tal·lise.
Origin of crystallize
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Examples from the Web for crystallise
The normal antimoniate does not crystallise, and has an alkaline reaction.
The liquid, evaporated in a water bath, is left to crystallise.
Neutralise a hot dilute solution of hydrochloric acid with carbonate of barium, evaporate down, and crystallise.
It is purified by treating it several times with boiling 90 to 95 alcohol, filtering the liquor, and leaving it to crystallise.
Neutralise a hot solution of oxalic acid with sesquicarbonate of ammonia; evaporate and crystallise.
crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
- to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
- to coat or become coated with sugarcrystallized fruit
- to give a definite form or expression to (an idea, argument, etc) or (of an idea, argument, etc) to assume a recognizable or definite form
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Word Origin and History for crystallise
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