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

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

Later, McGinnis and her stepsiblings would tell authorities that Piette had frequently used crystal methamphetamine and tortured them with sticks, rocks and knives. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Her ‘predator’ stepfather held her captive for 19 years. A grocery store conversation changed everything.," 13 June 2019 The store’s interior, filled with dark carved wooden furniture, crystal chandeliers, and heavy velvet curtains, was similar to the Stalinist concept of palaces of consumption of the 1930s. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 There were crystals and chainmail, thanks to Tilda Swinton, as well as floral couture a la Elle Fanning and fluffy tulle courtesy of Bella Hadid. Vogue, "Julianne Moore Trades the Extravagant Cannes Gown for Something Surprising," 17 May 2019 Hoodies were cropped, bows and crystals were added to various items, and jeans were turned into miniskirts. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The Attico and Re/Done Launched a Sustainable Capsule Collection," 16 May 2019 Nowhere is this philosophy more clearly demonstrated than in Orrefors crystal lamps. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Keep an Eye Out for Orrefors Crystal Lamps Whenever You Go Antiquing," 3 May 2019 Maisie’s custom pale pink Coach dress literally sparkled with vintage crystal and sequin beading in floral motifs. Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Attend "Game of Thrones" Belfast Premiere," 13 Apr. 2019 The sisters are experts in the art of barely-there fashion, and the small matter of see-through fabrics, carefully placed crystals and confusing illusion pieces just ain’t no big deal in their wardrobes. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Oscars After Party Dress Was Nearly-Naked From the Waist Down," 25 Feb. 2019 The Polish Fall Bazaar serves up pierogi, cabbage rolls, kielbasa, borscht, pastries and Polish beer Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, along with books, crafts, Polish crystal and Christmas ornaments. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Ready or not, holiday bazaars get started this weekend," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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 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

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