crystallize

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

crys·tal·lize

verb \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

: to change into a solid form that is made up of crystals

: to cause (something, such as an idea, belief, etc.) to become clear and fully formed

crys·tal·lizedcrys·tal·liz·ing

Full Definition of CRYSTALLIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form
2
:  to cause to take a definite form <tried to crystallize his thoughts>
3
:  to coat with crystals especially of sugar <crystallize grapes>
intransitive verb
:  to become crystallized
crys·tal·liz·able \-ˌlī-zə-bəl, ˌkris-tə-ˈ\ adjective
crys·tal·li·za·tion \ˌkris-tə-li-ˈzā-shən\ noun
crys·tal·liz·er noun

Variants of CRYSTALLIZE

crys·tal·lize also crys·tal·ize \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

Examples of CRYSTALLIZE

  1. Eventually the paint will start to crystallize.
  2. Certain conditions can cause carbon to crystallize into diamonds.
  3. Certain conditions can crystallize carbon into diamonds.
  4. The final paragraph of the essay crystallizes her theory.
  5. He tried to crystallize his thoughts.
  6. Her theory crystallizes in the final paragraph of the essay.

First Known Use of CRYSTALLIZE

1598

crys·tal·lize

verb    (Medical Dictionary)
crys·tal·lized also crys·tal·lized also British crys·tal·lised or crys·tal·lisedcrys·tal·liz·ing also crys·tal·liz·ing also British crys·tal·lis·ing or crys·tal·lis·ing

Medical Definition of CRYSTALLIZE

transitive verb
: to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form; especially : to cause to form perfect or large crystals
intransitive verb
: to become crystallized—often used with out <the solid crystallized out>
crys·tal·liz·able \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Variants of CRYSTALLIZE

crys·tal·lize also crys·tal·ize also British crys·tal·lise or crys·tal·ise \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

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