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quartz

[kwawrts]
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  1. one of the commonest minerals, silicon dioxide, SiO2, having many varieties that differ in color, luster, etc., and occurring either in masses (as agate, bloodstone, chalcedony, jasper, etc.) or in crystals (as rock crystal, amethyst, citrine, etc.): the chief constituent of sand and sandstone, and an important constituent of many other rocks. It is piezoelectric and used to control the frequencies of radio transmitters.

Origin of quartz

First recorded in 1750–60, quartz is from the German word Quarz
Related formsquartz·ose [kwawrt-sohs] /ˈkwɔrt soʊs/, quartz·ous [kwawrt-suh s] /ˈkwɔrt səs/, adjective
Can be confusedquarts quartz
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quartz

noun
  1. a colourless mineral often tinted by impurities, found in igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass, abrasives, and cement, and also as a gemstone; the violet-purple variety is amethyst, the brown variety is cairngorm, the yellow variety is citrine, and the pink variety is rose quartz. Composition: silicon dioxide. Formula: SiO 2 . Crystal structure: hexagonal
  2. short for quartz glass

Word Origin

C18: from German Quarz, of Slavic origin
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Word Origin and History for quartz

n.

"silicon dioxide," 1756, from German Quarz, Zwarc "rock crystal," from Middle High German twarc, probably from a West Slavic source, cf. Czech tvrdy, Polish twardy "quartz," noun uses of an adjective meaning "hard," from Old Church Slavonic tvrudu "hard," from Proto-Slavic *tvrd-, from PIE *(s)twer- "to grasp, hold; hard."

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quartz in Medicine

quartz

(kwôrts)
n.
  1. A very hard crystalline form of silicon dioxide used in chemical apparatus and in optical and electric instruments.
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quartz in Science

quartz

[kwôrts]
  1. A hard, transparent trigonal mineral that, after feldspar, is the most common mineral on the surface of the Earth. It occurs as a component of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks as well as in a variety of other forms such as rock crystal, flint, and agate. Some crystalline forms, such as amethyst, are considered gemstones. Chemical formula: SiO2.
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