a liquid having certain crystalline characteristics, especially different optical properties in different directions when exposed to an electric field.
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Origin of liquid crystal
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby liquid crystal
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British Dictionary definitions for liquid crystal
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Scientific definitions for liquid crystal
Any of various liquids in which molecules are regularly arrayed like a solid crystal along one or two dimensions, but are free in the other dimensions as with typical liquids. Liquid crystals often display unusual and often manipulable optical properties such as anisotropic scattering. See more at LCD.
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