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liquid crystal

a liquid having certain crystalline characteristics, especially different optical properties in different directions when exposed to an electric field.
Origin of liquid crystal
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It may be poetical to talk of liquid crystal, but no crystal has the absolute perfection of the transparency of these streams.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy
  • Upon the side, That clos'd our path, a liquid crystal fell From the steep rock, and through the sprays above Stream'd showering.

  • We will drink the liquid crystal, sometimes out of the fountains, and sometimes from the purling brooks and swift-gliding streams.

    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • A stone thrown down it is heard to strike two or three times, and finally splash in the liquid crystal.

    The Jenolan Caves Samuel Cook
  • The silver stories of the castle towered one above the other, and its walls and columns were all formed of liquid crystal.

  • And one entered, as into the liquid crystal of a source, a greenish limpidity, a sheet of silver reposing beneath reflected reeds.

British Dictionary definitions for liquid crystal

liquid crystal

a liquid that has some crystalline characteristics, such as the presence of different optical properties in different directions; a substance in a mesomorphic state See also smectic, nematic
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liquid crystal in Science
liquid crystal  
Any of various liquids in which molecules are regularly arrayed like a solid crystal along one or two dimensions, but are free in the other dimensions as with typical liquids. Liquid crystals often display unusual and often manipulable optical properties such as anisotropic scattering. See more at LCD.
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