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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 Plus, today's laminate surfaces, while still affordable, can mimic the look and feel of stone or quartz. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "How to Design a Classic Kitchen That Will Stand the Test of Time," 16 Mar. 2020 Look for a 'turkey gobbler' rock, xenoliths (quartz crystals and other material embedded in boulders) and knife-edge slabs that have flaked off walls of granite. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Prescott hike has cool rock formations and Granite Mountain views. Here's how to do it," 5 Mar. 2020 The kitchen is unusual in that its counters are not new marble or quartz, but varnished walnut, which matches the floor. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$849K Franklin farmhouse is at least 180 years old — and a state historic site," 22 Feb. 2020 Inside, units have gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite or quartz countertops and vinyl plank wood flooring. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "New York investor buys 10-building west Houston apartment complex," 14 Oct. 2019 Or they may be spotted at the Spellbound Sky, looking for the right Lemurian quartz crystal (because a personal assistant can’t mimic your vibration). Mike Albo, Town & Country, "How Spiritual Snobs Became the New One Percent," 26 Sep. 2019 The homes start at $1,300 a month and have 10-foot ceilings, granite and quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Arizona developer opens Grand Prairie rental home community," 22 July 2019 For example, the pattern on the outside deck railing matches the interior staircase bannister; gorgeous honed marble and quartz counters adorn the kitchen and are used for a fresh, crisp look in the bathrooms. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: New construction in Orinda delivers thoughtful design and incredible views," 26 June 2019 The jade, marble, and quartz skin care tools aren't a new phenomenon; their origins go back centuries. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Exactly How to Use the Gua Sha and Jade Roller Tools Instagram Users Are Obsessed With," 4 Jan. 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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quartz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartz. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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