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