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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 quartzose (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quartz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen can be built out with custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, or specialty appliances like a wine cooler or warming oven. Houston Chronicle, "Design your custom luxury home in Uptown," 16 Jan. 2020 The Knot suggested a rose quartz crystal, the stone of love, as a favor. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Edible florals, crystals and bathroom tarot readings: Our favorite wedding trends for 2020," 12 Nov. 2019 The kitchen features quartz countertops, high-end appliances, an island with a butcher-block countertop and a walk-in pantry. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents custom home on Bent Tree fairway," 4 Jan. 2020 The kitchen includes Viking appliances, Italian glass backsplash, quartz countertops and an island. chicagotribune.com, "Ravenswood home with 6 bedrooms: $1.1M," 30 Nov. 2019 An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse wood surface that has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen). Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "The Kitchen and Breakfast Room That Make You Look Forward to Cooking," 14 Oct. 2019 Exemptions were granted on certain kinds of wood-laminate flooring, equipment used to produce engineered quartz countertops, bulldozers, forklifts, portable concrete mixers, chain-link fencing, woodworking tools and equipment. NBC News, "Trump lifts some tariffs, in sign trade war is inflicting harm on U.S. economy," 20 Sep. 2019 The kitchen includes a white quartz island, custom Italian cabinetry, a 48-inch Thermador freezer and refrigerator, Wolf range and oven, Miele convection oven and a wine refrigerator. chicagotribune.com, "Gold Coast penthouse with 47-foot terrace: $1.8M," 19 Nov. 2019 There’s no proof that rose quartz really brings love, or that citrine generates energy, or that tourmaline can banish negativity. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quartz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartz?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=q&file=quartz01. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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