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[ kris-tl-in, -ahyn, -een ]


  1. of or like crystal; clear; transparent.
  2. formed by crystallization.
  3. composed of crystals.
  4. pertaining to crystals or their formation.


/ ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪn; ˌkrɪstəˈlɪnɪtɪ /


  1. having the characteristics or structure of crystals
  2. consisting of or containing crystals
  3. made of or like crystal; transparent; clear

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Derived Forms

  • crystallinity, noun
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Other Words From

  • crys·tal·lin·i·ty [kris-tl-, in, -i-tee], noun
  • multi·crystal·line adjective
  • non·crystal·line adjective
  • pre·crystal·line adjective
  • pseudo·crystal·line adjective
  • sub·crystal·line adjective
  • un·crystal·line adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of crystalline1

1350–1400; Middle English cristal ( l ) yn ( e ) < Latin crystallinus < Greek krystállinos. See crystal, -ine 1
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Example Sentences

If a tree decays and leaves some crystalline material behind.

This is one type of topological defect, an anomaly that occurs in various forms wherever a regular geometry, like the parallel fibers in a hydra or the atomic arrangement in a crystalline solid, has its order seriously disturbed.

One promising class of materials is perovskites, natural and lab-made compounds with a crystalline structure that makes them good semiconductors.

You may just forget that fact, given the way the sugar business has prevented the world from digging deep into its crystalline secrets.

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Specifically, he was developing crystalline materials that allowed ions to easily flow in and out.

Soon enough, I felt my own guts rebelling and stepped out into the crystalline Andean night.

I saw on the Internet a suggestion that you should buy your grad a Swarofski Crystalline USB memory stick.

They slowed, and the rushing sound gave way to a hush that made the crystalline tranquillity complete.

He was crystalline clear about the example set by his father.

Rarely, sodium urate occurs in crystalline form—slender prisms, arranged in fan- or sheaf-like structures (Fig. 32).

It is a white crystalline fusible solid, insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol and in solutions of the alkalies.

It is a crystalline solid less fusible than margaric acid, but closely resembling it in its other properties.

These limestones are hard and possess to a greater or less extent a crystalline texture.

Crystalline epidote, and whitish quartz, apparently from a vein.


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