crys·​tal·​line | \ ˈkri-stə-lən How to pronounce crystalline (audio) also -ˌlīn, -ˌlēn \

Definition of crystalline

1 : resembling crystal: such as
a : strikingly clear or sparkling crystalline air a crystalline lake
b : clear-cut
2 : made of crystal : composed of crystals
3 : constituting or relating to a crystal

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Other Words from crystalline

crystallinity \ ˌkri-​stə-​ˈli-​nə-​tē How to pronounce crystalline (audio) \ noun

Examples of crystalline in a Sentence

we could see fish swimming beneath the crystalline ice of the frozen lake
Recent Examples on the Web At the center and bottom of its 37-foot hull are two, rectangular openings, where nearly inch-thick panes of Coast Guard approved strength will be inserted for a window of crystalline clarity 4 feet wide and 16 feet long. Kevin Spear, USA TODAY, "'They won't have to separate from ... family': Florida attraction to get glass-bottom boat for wheelchairs," 25 Jan. 2021 To him, the ubiquitous paradigms of noun-endings (declensions) and verb-endings (conjugations) possessed all the crystalline beauty of a Bach fugue. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Reginald Foster, Vatican Latinist Who Tweeted in the Language, Dies at 81," 27 Dec. 2020 The ensemble backdrop is crystalline, misty sighs, while the solo cello line expands into melancholy arias without words; sometimes the tone is passionate, dark-hued nocturne, sometimes ethereal lullaby. New York Times, "Tyshawn Sorey: The Busiest Composer of the Bleakest Year," 1 Jan. 2021 Coarse salt is more crystalline and rough and works for seasoning, sprinkling, and marinating. Ana Sanchez,, "The best salt," 23 Dec. 2020 Bob Cardenas, lumbered into the crystalline California air with the X-1 clutched to its underbelly. Chuck Yeager, Popular Mechanics, "How the Late Flying Legend Chuck Yeager Broke the Sound Barrier," 8 Dec. 2020 And recent release Stoned Vibes is no exception, marrying rich jewel tones with crystalline shimmer for truly prismatic sparkle – perfect for creating an expensive evening look. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in the UK," 29 Nov. 2020 Her ivory-white hair, long now from months without a cut, and her eyes — the crystalline blue-gray of a winter sky. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: No FaceTime, no Zoom. Why a digital detox is on my Thanksgiving menu," 24 Nov. 2020 The Italian marble countertops are crystalline but not too veiny. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "How would Drew Brees' (alleged) 'baller' condo at the Four Seasons Hotel look? Get a sneak preview," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of crystalline

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crystalline

Middle English cristallin, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin crystallinus, borrowed from Greek krystállinos, from krýstallos "clear ice, crystal entry 1" + -inos -ine entry 1

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The first known use of crystalline was in the 15th century

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“Crystalline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crystalline

: clear and shining like crystal
technical : made of or similar to crystal or crystals


crys·​tal·​line | \ ˈkri-stə-lən How to pronounce crystalline (audio) \

Kids Definition of crystalline

1 : made of crystal or composed of crystals


crys·​tal·​line | \ ˈkris-tə-lən also -ˌlīn, -ˌlēn \

Medical Definition of crystalline

1 : composed of or resembling crystals
2a : formed by crystallization : having regular arrangement of the atoms in a space lattice — see amorphous sense 2
b : having the internal structure though not necessarily the external form of a crystal granite is only crystalline, while quartz crystal is perfectly crystallized

Other Words from crystalline

crystallinity \ ˌkris-​tə-​ˈlin-​ət-​ē How to pronounce crystalline (audio) \ noun, plural crystallinities

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