- crystalline lens,
Origin of crystalline
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Soon enough, I felt my own guts rebelling and stepped out into the crystalline Andean night.
They slowed, and the rushing sound gave way to a hush that made the crystalline tranquillity complete.Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive|Michael Daly|February 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was crystalline clear about the example set by his father.NYPD Scandals Obscure the Decency of the Majority, Cops Say|Michael Daly|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But the crystalline force-field crashed out with a viciousness of its own.Before Egypt|E. K. Jarvis
But there is no novelist who gives so much room to the pure, crystalline, eternally youthful feeling of love.Rudin|Ivan Turgenev
An atmosphere of crystalline purity discloses the highest range of the interior, a long chain of azure peaks.Through the Malay Archipelago|Emily Richings
Each face on the insects eye is considered as a crystalline lens, concave within, and convex without.The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World|Thomas Wood
Hence the origin of the primary or crystalline strata,—gneiss, mica-schist, and the rest.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
late 14c., from Old French cristalin "like crystal" (Modern French crystallin), from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos "of crystal," from krystallos (see crystal).
- 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.