verb (used with object), crys·taled, crys·tal·ing or (especially British) crys·talled, crys·tal·ling.
- crystal ball,
- crystal class,
- crystal clear,
- crystal clear, be,
- crystal counter
Origin of crystal
Examples from the Web for crystal
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|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lucy Scholes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The two crystal ball gazers have been engaged in a running battle on Twitter, on their own websites, and in the media at large.
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|Lloyd Grove|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crystal recalled a time where Williams attended a baseball game with him, despite not having a clue about baseball.Billy Crystal's Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Was Perfect|Kevin Fallon|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And upon those rocks of crystal grow the good diamonds that be of trouble colour.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
Only, the desire must be ardent as a flame, in a soul pure as crystal.The Way of Initiation|Rudolf Steiner
There was a crystal jug filled with cold water and sunshine, and it threw a wavering light on the damask.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
The king rushed to the crystal ball, looked all the world over; but no princess!Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia|Andrew Lang
These groups, or similar ones, are now to be seen in the Crystal Palace at Sydenham.Practical Taxidermy|Montagu Browne
- 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.