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

There’s dining room seating for six and beds for four people, which is good because the camper also comes with a special spot to hold your crystal wine glasses. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Go-anywhere luxury camper can stay off the grid for weeks," 31 May 2018 Of course, the lucky group toasted the occasion with Baccarat crystal glasses full of LOUIS XIII as well. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Slim Thug and Houston's party people toast LOUIS XIII Cognac and Pharrell Williams' song "100 Years"," 5 Mar. 2018 The main feature of the mantle is the Vigee family crest comprised of purple silk velvet, custom beaded gold and bronze appliques and rhinestones, silk beaded, and YMI initials enveloped in German crystal glass. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018 For Jade’s look, Heidi created a rainbow ombré line on her upper lid, peppering it with actual rainbow crystals that correspond to each shadow color. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Little Mix Celebrates Pride with Rainbow Makeup and a Message for LGBTQ+ Fans," 9 July 2018 But that wasn't all: Kim also showed off another smaller clutch in the video, this one embellished with tiny crystals. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "North West Just Won the Preschool Handbag Game With This $750 Birthday Present," 2 June 2018 The Queen greeted the crowd in this colorful dress paired with a matching Angela Kelly hat, made using the same lime silk tweed topped with a purple sinamay adorned with handmade lace crystals and pearls made by Lucy Price. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth Was Sending a Clear Message With Her Royal Wedding Outfit," 19 May 2018 The royals didn’t disappoint, led by Queen Elizabeth II in a lime silk tweed coat and Angela Kelly hat with handmade lace crystals and pearls by Lucy Price. Leanne Italie, BostonGlobe.com, "It was all about well-plumed hats for the wedding," 19 May 2018 Moonstone is an opalescent shade allegedly infused with rose quartz crystals and a moisturizing oil core. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "The 15 Best Highlighters," 11 May 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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