to give definite or concrete form to: to crystallize an idea.
to coat with sugar.
to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
to assume definite or concrete form.
- Also especially British, crys·tal·lise .
- crys·tal·liz·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- crys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjective
- crys·tal·liz·er, noun
- non·crys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjective
- non·crys·tal·lized, adjective
- non·crys·tal·liz·ing, adjective
- un·crys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjective
- un·crys·tal·lized, adjective
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How to use crystallize in a sentence
To me, this story crystallizes the abuse ad tech has been fostering in the world around us.The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here | Walter Thompson | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
Below around –40° C, water remains liquid for mere instants before it crystallizes into ice.Supercooled water has been caught morphing between two forms | Emily Conover | November 19, 2020 | Science News
On its website, General Electric recommends cleaning the interior of dishwashers using crystallized citric acid—also known as sour salts.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 5, 2020 | Popular-Science
From among these options, definite properties somehow crystallize at the moment of measurement.Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light | Natalie Wolchover | October 20, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
That let the scientists measure the properties of the liquid at temperatures at which it would quickly crystallize if held there for longer periods of time.A stop-motion experiment reveals supercooled water’s dual nature | Emily Conover | September 28, 2020 | Science News
That crystallized it for me: The crime would push and test them.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance | Tim Teeman | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For religious people in particular, he also crystallized the theological choice.
A sculpture with crystallized, color-changing, holographic colors with black lights.RiFF RaFF on Being James Franco’s Alleged ‘Spring Breakers’ Inspiration | Marlow Stern | March 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the moment crystallized the role that the once-maligned veep is playing in the 2012 campaign.Joe Biden’s Visceral Politics on Display in NAACP Speech | Howard Kurtz | July 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Rush Limbaugh has crystallized something that is bigger than just him,” Ciezadlo said.Rush Limbaugh Wrongly Attacks Tracie McMillan as ‘Over-Educated’ ‘Authorette’ | Clarissa León | March 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps it was because things that had been forming in her young mind for weeks had at last crystallized into words.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the valleys which we passed through, there was a large quantity of basaltic rock and most beautifully crystallized quartz.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
The ether, on evaporation, left the ester which was crystallized from water and dried in a desiccator over sulphuric acid.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
On boiling it with hydrochloric acid and cooling, lead chloride crystallized out.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
The sulphate, of this composition, is obtained by drying the crystallized sulphate in an air bath at 100105.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
British Dictionary definitions for crystallize
to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
to coat or become coated with sugar: crystallized fruit
to give a definite form or expression to (an idea, argument, etc) or (of an idea, argument, etc) to assume a recognizable or definite form
- crystallizable, crystalizable, crystallisable or crystalisable, adjective
- crystallizability, crystalizability, crystallisability or crystalisability, noun
- crystallization, crystalization, crystallisation or crystalisation, noun
- crystallizer, crystalizer, crystalliser or crystaliser, noun
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