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crystal

[ kris-tl ]
/ 藞kr瑟s tl /
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noun
adjective
verb (used with object), crys路taled, crys路tal路ing or (especially British) crys路talled, crys路tal路ling.
to make into crystal; crystallize.
to cover or coat with, or as if with, crystal (usually followed by over).
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Origin of crystal

before 1000; Middle English cristal(le), Old English cristalla<Medieval Latin cristallum,Latin crystallum<Greek kr媒stallos clear ice, rock crystal, derivative of krysta铆nein to freeze; see cryo-

OTHER WORDS FROM crystal

crys路tal路like, adjectiveun路crys路taled, adjectiveun路crys路talled, adjective

Other definitions for crystal (2 of 2)

Crystal
[ kris-tl ]
/ 藞kr瑟s tl /

noun
a city in SE Minnesota, near Minneapolis.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for crystal

crystal
/ (藞kr瑟stl) /

noun
adjective
resembling crystal; transparentcrystal water

Word Origin for crystal

Old English cristalla, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krustallos ice, crystal, from krustainein to freeze
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Scientific definitions for crystal

crystal
[ kr沫st蓹l ]

A homogenous solid formed by a repeating, three-dimensional pattern of atoms, ions, or molecules and having smooth external surfaces with characteristic angles between them. Crystals can occur in many sizes and shapes.鈾 The particular arrangement in space of these atoms, molecules, or ions, and the way in which they are joined, is called a crystal lattice. There are seven crystal groups or systems. Each is defined on the basis of the geometrical arrangement of the crystal lattice.
  1. 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.
  2. An electrical device, such as an oscillator or a diode used for detecting radio signals, made of such a material.

Other words from crystal

crystalline adjective
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Cultural definitions for crystal

crystal

A material in which the atoms are arranged in a rigid geometrical structure (see geometry) marked by symmetry. Crystals often have clearly visible geometrical shapes.

notes for crystal

Most minerals are crystalline structures.
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