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
quartzoseplay \ˈkwȯrt-ˌsōs\ adjective
Recent Examples of quartz from the Web
Jacobs dated quartz grains from various layers with OSL, determining when light last struck each grain and thus when it was buried.
Our son delighted in sifting through mining rough in the water sluice to discover fool's gold, rose quartz, malachite and lapis lazuli.
The watch also features a quartz movement and is water resistant up to 50 meters.
Students will cook using state-of-the-art gas and induction cooktops — set in quartz countertops — and vented by previously non-existent exhaust fans.
Replace laminate countertops with a neutral-colored stone (granite or quartz are popular) and update the flooring if necessary.
In the apartments, high-end finishes include USB charging outlets along with electrical plugs, wooden shelving, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops and full-length windows to maximize the views.
The buyer is planning to finish the apartment interior renovations including new cabinets, quartz counters, vinyl-plank flooring, and stainless appliance packages.
The terraces, a large, bright white and pink set of cascading rocks, were once considered the largest deposit of silica sinter, a type of quartz.
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Origin and Etymology of quartz
First Known Use: circa 1631See Words from the same year
QUARTZ Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quartz for English Language Learners
: a mineral that is often found in the form of a hard crystal and that is used especially to make clocks and watches
QUARTZ Defined for Kids
Definition of quartz for Students
: a common mineral often found in the form of colorless transparent crystals but sometimes (as in amethysts, agates, and jaspers) brightly colored
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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