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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 How to pronounce quartz (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quartz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen is outfitted with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom white cabinets and a breakfast area. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "10 Chicago homes with elbow room and outdoor spaces to cure cramped, snowy winter woes," 24 Feb. 2021 The kitchen provides stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops and a butler’s pantry. Dallas News, "Bluffview draws buyers with views, location," 7 Feb. 2021 Silica sand is 95% quartz and consists of round, extremely hard granules that prop open cracks in shale rock, allowing the extraction of oil, gas and natural gas liquids. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "U.S. Supreme Court rejects suit against Winona County frac sand ban," 12 Jan. 2021 The latest wave of masks contain a host of de-puffing, fine-line-plumping actives, from caffeine and rejuvenating rose quartz to 24-karat gold. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "19 Under-Eye Patches to Banish Puffiness Once and for All," 23 Dec. 2020 The suite boasts a long walk-in closet and a bath that has a frameless glass shower with a subway tile surround, a dual vanity topped with quartz, a pair of contemporary glass-box lights, and a porcelain tile floor with radiant heat. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Home of the Week: A condo where you can park your car — and your inner child," 22 Jan. 2021 This kit comes with a rose quartz roller and a sculpty tool for Gua Sha. Sunset Magazine, "11 Self-Care Gifts to Get Your Girls for Galentine’s Day," 19 Jan. 2021 Among the amenities, the furnished accommodations include quartz countertops, a cooktop and microwave, kitchenette table, satellite television, queen beds and a private ten-foot deck. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Glamping comes to Grand Prairie’s Loyd Park," 18 Jan. 2021 Rose quartz is another popular option and is believed to help open the heart chakra. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best gua sha scraping massage tool of 2020," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Quartz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartz. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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