crystal

[ kris-tl ]
/ ˈkrɪs tl /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object), crys·taled, crys·tal·ing or (especially British) crys·talled, crys·tal·ling.

to make into crystal; crystallize.
to cover or coat with, or as if with, crystal (usually followed by over).

Nearby words

  1. cryptozoology,
  2. cryptozoon,
  3. cryptozygous,
  4. cryselephantine,
  5. cryst.,
  6. crystal ball,
  7. crystal class,
  8. crystal clear,
  9. crystal clear, be,
  10. crystal counter

Origin of crystal

before 1000; Middle English cristal(le), Old English cristalla < Medieval Latin cristallum, Latin crystallum < Greek krýstallos clear ice, rock crystal, derivative of krystaínein to freeze; see cryo-

Related formscrys·tal·like, adjectiveun·crys·taled, adjectiveun·crys·talled, adjective

Crystal

[ kris-tl ]
/ ˈkrɪs tl /

noun

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

crystal

/ (ˈkrɪstəl) /

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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Word Origin and History for crystal

crystal

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for crystal

crystal

[ krĭstəl ]

n.

A homogenous solid formed by a repeating, three-dimensional pattern of atoms, ions, or molecules and having fixed distances between constituent parts.
A mineral, especially a transparent form of quartz that has a crystalline structure and is often characterized by external planar faces.

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Science definitions for crystal

crystal

[ krĭstəl ]

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.♦ 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.
Related formscrystalline adjective

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Culture 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.

Note

Most minerals are crystalline structures.

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