crystal

noun
crys·​tal | \ ˈkri-stᵊl How to pronounce crystal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Crystal (audio) \

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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Miller earned offers from Ohio State and Clemson over the summer and immediately saw crystal balls start showing up in favor of OSU. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Blake Miller, 2022 OT from Strongsville, lists Ohio State football in his top five: Buckeyes recruiting," 20 Oct. 2020 Jagged volcanic peaks lord over crystal-clear lagoons as warm and inviting as a toddler’s bath. Alison Humes And Matthew King, WSJ, "Should You Travel Abroad During Covid— and Where Can You Go?," 16 Oct. 2020 Ring’s most affordable option, this doorbell features crystal-clear video, night vision, the ability to designate privacy zones and two-way talk. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best smart home deals to nab during Amazon Prime Day," 14 Oct. 2020 Then, in September at Weeki Wachee Springs, most famous for its mermaid shows in crystal-clear water, the governor had boasted that his administration’s two-year investment of $150 million in the state’s springs was the largest in Florida’s history. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Loss of state funding endangers septic-to-sewer switch for homes near Wekiwa Springs," 13 Oct. 2020 Stocks and the economy are usually good crystal balls. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Can the stock market predict whether Joe Biden will be the next president or Donald Trump wins a second term?," 28 Sep. 2020 These crystal knot studs are proof that not every statement earring has to hang down to your shoulder. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "29 statement earrings under $50 to update your Zoom look," 25 Sep. 2020 All these tweaks have brought us closer to achieving the smooth, crystal-clear glass skin like our favorite K-pop stars. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Every K-Beauty Product That Won a 2020 Best of Beauty Award," 18 Sep. 2020 Both men were arrested after a search of the van turned up crystal methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, items associated with drug dealing and a fake Social Security card, the release said. Courier-news Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Two Elgin men arrested on meth charges after cop witnesses drug sale, prosecutors say," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In his spare time, Unwin also notes, Penrose also devised a mathematical structure that underlies quasi-crystal materials. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Three Scientists Shaped How We Think About Black Holes. Now They Have a Nobel Prize.," 6 Oct. 2020 Perry, wearing an adorable oversized polka-dot dress, a bright orange headband, and some sort of crystal tear-drop situation under her eye that would be perfect for a cameo on Euphoria, showed off all her favorite parts of the millennial pink room. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Katy Perry Just Gave a Tour of Her Baby Girl’s Nursery and Wardrobe," 17 Aug. 2020 In March and April, afternoon winds out of the northwest often mean crystal views across the South Bay and beyond to Mount Diablo. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday Getaway: Windy Hill, Santa Cruz Mountains," 15 Mar. 2020 There may be more crystal stores per capita in Santa Fe than anywhere else on Earth. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019 My favorite was a warm, dark globe baked with local ancient grains encased within a crunchy, crystal salt-baked crust. Daria Di Lello, Vogue, "Finding Serenity—and Forest-Grown Truffles—in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Italy," 23 Nov. 2018 The nearly 250-year-old Irish company makes crystal pieces treasured by collectors for their clear finish and precise cuts, which maximize the sparkle. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Waterford Crystal Released Their 2019 Pattern For The New Year's Ball," 29 Dec. 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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The first known use of crystal was in the 13th century

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24 Oct 2020

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“Crystal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystal. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for crystal

crystal

noun
How to pronounce Crystal (audio)

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 How to pronounce crystal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crystal (audio) \

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

Other Words from crystal

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