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

The dining room’s crystal chandelier is original to the house. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 The two-story front foyer includes a crystal chandelier, wood flooring and decorate wood detailing. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Stunning French stucco mansion for sale in Houston for millions," 20 June 2018 Exposto, a mother of four and a grandmother, was arrested while carrying 1.1 kilograms (2.4 lbs.) of crystal methamphetamine through Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a layover between Shanghai and Melbourne in 2014. Eli Meixler, Time, "An Australian Grandmother Has Been Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling in Malaysia," 26 May 2018 She was found in possession of 1.1 kilos (2.4 lb) of crystal methamphetamine and faced a mandatory death penalty under Malaysia's draconian drugs laws. James Griffiths, CNN, "Australian grandmother sentenced to death by hanging for drug smuggling," 24 May 2018 During the arrest, a search of Thompson turned up crystal methamphetamine and prescription drugs that he wasn’t authorized to have, authorities said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Men stole huge, 25-foot shed — and got caught dragging it down a road, Maine cops say | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Yes, the lobby has oversized crystal chandeliers (obscuring a masterwork from installation artist Robert Irwin), plenty of gold accents, and a table topped with 19 replica glass obelisks that resemble props in a Stormy Daniels production. Zach Everson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel," 2 May 2018 Soldiers and police discovered 9.4 million methamphetamine pills and 788 kilograms (1,737 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine in a pickup truck, apparently abandoned by its driver. Bloomberg.com, "Methamphetamine Seizures Lead Surge in Thai Drug Busts," 3 Apr. 2018 All three are charged with possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Feds: Summit County drug traffickers caught before killing man they believed stole 82 pounds of meth," 3 Apr. 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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