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

These smaller particles moved throughout the crystal, forming only loose connections with one complementary particle after another. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Metal-like Bonds Discovered in Customized Crystals," 3 Sep. 2019 Decorate your garden with gemstones, crystals, deity statues and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things this week: Elle King at the state fair, Queen sing-along and reptiles for the whole family," 29 Aug. 2019 The show-stopping element is a crystal face mask draped over her face. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Cassie Debuts First Photos Of Her Growing Baby Bump In A Gorgeous Birthday Maternity Shoot," 26 Aug. 2019 Inside the box were a number of different gems, including crystals, ceramics, amethysts and amber. Fox News, "Pompeii 'sorcerer’s treasure trove' discovered, with bones, skull charms and gems for rituals," 14 Aug. 2019 In total, archaeologists found around 100 little objects, including buttons made of bone, carved scarab beetles, miniature penises, crystals, tiny skulls and little dolls. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 Atlas V’s angelic appearance was due to the rays of the sunrise interacting with the water crystals on the rocket, said Spectrum News 13 reporter Jerry Hume. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "’I just saw the weirdest thing,’ spectators across Florida marvel, tweet about ULA Atlas V rocket launch," 8 Aug. 2019 Those who attended the now-infamous Fyre Festival expected to see crystal blue water, white sand beaches, and luxurious villas. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Island Used In Fyre Fest's Promotional Videos Is For Sale For $11.8 Million," 5 July 2019 The models were seen sipping tropical cocktails, frolicking on yachts, and zipping through crystal blue water on personal watercraft. Leanna Faulk And Amanda Watts, CNN, "Didn't get a ticket to the failed Fyre Festival? You can now buy the island used to promote it.," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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