crystal

noun
crys·​tal | \ˈkri-stᵊl \

Definition of crystal 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 : crystal meth broadly : methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly

crystal

adjective

Definition of crystal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : consisting of or resembling crystal : clear, lucid

2 : relating to or using a crystal a crystal radio receiver

Crystal

geographical name
Crys·​tal | \ˈkri-stᵊl \

Definition of Crystal (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southeastern Minnesota north of Minneapolis population 22,151

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Synonyms & Antonyms for crystal

Synonyms: Adjective

clear, crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid, see-through, transparent

Antonyms: Adjective

cloudy, opaque

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Examples of crystal in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Adjective

an unspoiled region with majestic mountains and crystal streams
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wednesday it will be topped with a new Swarovski star made of three million crystals, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, who created the master plan for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Meet the Christmas Tree Scout Who Spruces Up Rock Center," 7 Nov. 2018 After all, what better place to do a sound bath than L.A., the land of green juice, crystals, and good vibes? Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Green juice, healing crystals, aromatherapy, and alternative medicine abounds. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 None of the liquids or powders — nor a box of hazardous crystals, which was also found in the bags, and is usually used as an oven cleaner — were found to be part of explosive devices. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "'Suspicious' liquids found at Orlando Airport sicken 4 TSA officers, send 2 to hospital," 15 Aug. 2018 The prints were outlined with caviar pearls, Swarovski crystals, and tiny glass beads, all of which were applied by hand. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 2018 This includes aromatherapy and essential oils, self-care books, stationary, coffee and tea, crystals, bath and body products, vitamins, supplements, and more online and in cute little sections in the brick and mortar stores. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Help, I'm Obsessed with Anthropologie's New Wellness Shop," 20 July 2018 Philpot was popular for embellishing staffs, jewels, clocks, crystals, watches and other materials, according to Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program that provides support for local artists. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Popular Detroit wood-carver David Philpot dies," 29 June 2018 Encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals, the designer added a secret detail for extra luck. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "The Hidden Good-Luck Charm Sewn Into the Queen's Coronation Gown – and 4 Other Secrets!," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Researchers had tried for about 20 years to get crystal structures of typical, switched-on GPCRs, but the molecules were too shifty. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Mini-antibodies discovered in sharks and camels could lead to drugs for cancer and other diseases," 10 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018 Those crystal crunch rocks can also be sprinkled onto any milkshake. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fuel Star Wars Day with these out-of-this-world treats," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of crystal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crystal

Noun

Middle English cristal "transparent quartz, object made from it," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin crystallum, crystallus, crustallum "clear ice, rock crystal," borrowed from Greek krýstallos, probably borrowed from a pre-Greek substratum; replacing Old English cristalla, cristal, cristallum, borrowed from Latin crystallum

Note: Greek krýstallos was traditionally linked etymologically with krýos "icy cold, frost" and Latin crusta "hard surface layer," though the morphological details were not explicable (and crusta does not refer to ice or cold). More likely, as asserted by Robert Beekes (Etymological Dictionary of Greek [Leiden: Brill, 2010], p. 787), krýstallos, as evidenced by the suffix -allos (from *aly- according to Beekes) and the variant króstallos, is of pre-Greek origin. Cf. notes at cryo-, crust.

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crystal

noun

English Language Learners 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

crystal

noun
crys·​tal | \ˈkri-stᵊl \

Kids Definition of crystal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : quartz that is colorless and clear or nearly so

2 : a body formed by a substance hardening so that it has flat surfaces in an even arrangement an ice crystal a salt crystal

3 : a clear colorless glass of very good quality

4 : something clear like colorless quartz

5 : the clear cover over a clock or watch dial

crystal

adjective

Kids Definition of crystal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or being like a clear colorless glass of very good quality a crystal candy dish

2 : clear entry 1 sense 4 a crystal sky

crystal

noun
crys·​tal | \ˈkris-tᵊl \

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 : crystal meth broadly : methamphetamine in any form when used illicitly

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