crystalline

adjective crys·tal·line \ ˈkri-stə-lən also -ˌlīn , -ˌlēn \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

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

crystallinity

play \ˌkri-stə-ˈli-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of crystalline in a Sentence

  1. we could see fish swimming beneath the crystalline ice of the frozen lake

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Origin and Etymology of crystalline

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


CRYSTALLINE Defined for English Language Learners

crystalline

Definition of crystalline for English Language Learners

  • : clear and shining like crystal

  • : made of or similar to crystal or crystals


CRYSTALLINE Defined for Kids

crystalline

adjective crys·tal·line \ ˈkri-stə-lən \

Definition of crystalline for Students

1 : made of crystal or composed of crystals
2 : 1clear 4

Medical Dictionary

crystalline

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

medical Definition of crystalline

1 : composed of or resembling crystals
2 a : formed by crystallization : having regular arrangement of the atoms in a space lattice — see amorphous 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

crystallinity

play \ˌkris-tə-ˈlin-ət-ē\ noun, plural -ties


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