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crystal

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noun crys·tal \ˈkris-təl\

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. 1 :  quartz that is transparent or nearly so and that is either colorless or only slightly tinged

  2. 2 :  something resembling crystal in transparency and colorlessness

  3. 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. 4 :  a clear colorless glass of superior quality; also :  objects or ware of such glass

  5. 5 :  the glass or transparent plastic cover over a watch or clock dial

  6. 6 :  a crystalline material used in electronics as a frequency-determining element or for rectification

  7. 7 :  ice 7; broadly :  methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly

Examples of crystal

  1. the crystal structure of minerals

  2. a necklace made of crystal

  3. Some of the crystals used in the necklace are a pale pink color.

  4. The wine glasses are made of the finest crystal.

  5. 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

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crystal

adjective crys·tal

Definition of crystal

  1. 1 :  consisting of or resembling crystal :  clear, lucid

  2. 2 :  relating to or using a crystal <a crystal radio receiver>



Examples of crystal

  1. <an unspoiled region with majestic mountains and crystal streams>



14th Century

First Known Use of crystal

14th century


Crystal

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geographical name Crys·tal \ˈkris-təl\

Definition of Crystal

  1. city SE Minnesota N of Minneapolis pop 22,151



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crystal

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noun crys·tal \ˈkris-təl\

Medical Definition of crystal

  1. 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. 2:  ice 2; broadly :  methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly

  3. crystal adjective





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