verb (used with object), crys·taled, crys·tal·ing or (especially British) crys·talled, crys·tal·ling.
Origin of crystal
Related Words for crystalclear-cut, limpid, lucid, luminous, pellucid, translucent, lucent, transpicuous
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Contemporary Examples of crystal
Some of the video was crystal clear, but in other footage the figures were just fuzzy shadows in black and white.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Crystal is a onetime member of the Avengers, and in various storylines is also married to Quicksilver.Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes
October 30, 2014
Hers is a particular brand of essay: writing at its most crystal clear, subject matter at its most slippery and interesting.From Didion to Dunham, Female Essayists Seize the Day
October 17, 2014
The two crystal ball gazers have been engaged in a running battle on Twitter, on their own websites, and in the media at large.Why Is Nate Silver So Afraid of Sam Wang?
October 6, 2014
The table was set with the Cavendish silver and crystal and various sumptuous-looking bottles from the wine cellar.The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis: Remembering Lunch with 'Debo,' The Last Mitford Sister
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of crystal
A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This crystal pallor or a flushed joy—in one of the two she was most beautiful.Way of the Lawless
It was built in a perfect oval, and lighted from a crystal dome above.Tanglewood Tales
Where it says, you know, "And he showed me a pure river of water, clear as crystal."
He strained his ears to listen, but the crystal was pretty much sound-proof.Slaves of Mercury
- a highly transparent and brilliant type of glass, often used in cut-glass tableware, ornaments, etc
- (as modifier)a crystal chandelier
- a crystalline element used in certain electronic devices as a detector, oscillator, transducer, etc
- (as modifier)crystal pick-up; crystal detector
Word Origin for crystal
Old English cristal "clear ice, clear mineral," from Old French cristal (12c., Modern French crystal), from Latin crystallus "crystal, ice," from Greek krystallos, from kryos "frost," from PIE root *kru(s)- "hard, hard outer surface" (see crust). Spelling adopted the Latin form 15c.-17c. The mineral has been so-called since Old English; it was regarded by the ancients as a sort of fossilized ice. As a shortened form of crystal-glass it dates from 1590s. As an adjective, from late 14c.
- A natural or synthetic material, such as quartz or ceramic, that consists of such crystals. When subjected to mechanical stresses, crystalline materials can generate an electric charge or, when subjected to an electric field, they can generate mechanical vibrations in what is known as the piezoelectric effect.
- An electrical device, such as an oscillator or a diode used for detecting radio signals, made of such a material.