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Definition of quartz 

1 : a mineral consisting of silicon dioxide occurring in colorless and transparent or colored hexagonal crystals or in crystalline masses

2 : a quartz crystal that when placed in an electric field oscillates at a constant frequency and is used to control devices which require precise regulation a quartz watch

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Other Words from quartz

quartzose \ ˈkwȯrt-​ˌsōs \ adjective

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The recalled flavors and brands include: EconoMax Neapolitan, 4 quartz. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B issues voluntary recall for certain types of ice cream, sherbet," 30 May 2018 The quartz counter tops carry over to the kitchen's large island, which has wraparound seating under the decorative light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018 The three of us are standing on the covered terrace off our second story landing, where Tony is finishing the installation of our new outdoor cabinets, a bank of white lower and upper cabinets with a quartz counter, lining a nine-foot wall. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "They’re coming! Part 4: Good installers worth every penny," 8 June 2018 Every room of this 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom estate is filled with details like ornate chandeliers, intricate tile, carved cabinetry and top-of-the-line materials such as Brazilian quartz and Italian carpet. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Ornate Woodlands mansion listed at nearly $4.5 million," 31 May 2018 Today the kitchen features Caesarstone quartz counters and new stainless steel appliances. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "On the market: An older Fishtown starter home with 'some nice, modern touches'," 14 May 2018 The kitchen has had a few tweaks, but no redesign — a new cooktop, new Sub-Zero fridge-freezers and new white quartz counters. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Bloomfield Hills home remains as Irving Tobocman designed it 40 years ago," 12 May 2018 The living room is bright and white, leading into a casual dining area and modern kitchen, accented by a splash of orange, and featuring maple hardwood cabinets and quartz counter tops. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Architectural stunner on Talbott Street for $479,900," 23 Mar. 2018 Please accept this rose quartz as a symbol of our affection. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 5 Most Important Contributions ‘The Hills’ Made to Culture," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of quartz

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quartz

German Quarz

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The first known use of quartz was circa 1631

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English Language Learners Definition of quartz

: a mineral that is often found in the form of a hard crystal and that is used especially to make clocks and watches


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Kids Definition of quartz

: a common mineral often found in the form of colorless transparent crystals but sometimes (as in amethysts, agates, and jaspers) brightly colored


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Medical Definition of quartz 

: a mineral SiO2 consisting of a silica that occurs in colorless and transparent or colored hexagonal crystals and also in crystalline masses

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