Simple Definition of crystal
: a small piece of a substance that has many sides and is formed when the substance turns into a solid
: a clear hard mineral that is either colorless or very light in color and that is used in making jewelry
: a special type of glass that is very clear
Full Definition of crystal
1 : quartz that is transparent or nearly so and that is either colorless or only slightly tinged
2 : something resembling crystal in transparency and colorlessness
3 : a body that is formed by the solidification of a chemical element, a compound, or a mixture and has a regularly repeating internal arrangement of its atoms and often external plane faces
4 : a clear colorless glass of superior quality; also : objects or ware of such glass
5 : the glass or transparent plastic cover over a watch or clock dial
6 : a crystalline material used in electronics as a frequency-determining element or for rectification
7 : ice 7; broadly : methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly
Examples of crystal
the crystal structure of minerals
a necklace made of crystal
Some of the crystals used in the necklace are a pale pink color.
The wine glasses are made of the finest crystal.
She inherited her mother's crystal.
Origin of crystal
Middle English cristal, from Anglo-French, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krystallos — more at crust
First Known Use: 13th century
Examples of crystal
<an unspoiled region with majestic mountains and crystal streams>
First Known Use of crystal
Definition of Crystal
city SE Minnesota N of Minneapolis pop 22,151
Medical Definition of crystal
1: a body that is formed by the solidification of a chemical element, a compound, or a mixture and has a regularly repeating internal arrangement of its atoms and often external plane faces
2: ice 2; broadly : methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly
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