\ ˈkwȯrts How to pronounce quartz (audio) \

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

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After buying the parcel, Kraemer spent six months strolling about the ranch, studying its quartz-speckled granitic soils, drainage patterns, exposures and air flow. Mike Dunne, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the remote, peculiar vineyard behind Amador’s most acclaimed wines," 5 June 2019 The solution that Bridge Projects returned with Tuesday was a stainless steel canopy at the top of the poles, reflecting down on a colorful floor with landscaping and turquoise key lime quartz. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Long-awaited art piece approved for San Antonio’s San Pedro Creek park," 4 June 2019 Using a flat rose quartz tool, or in Plug's case, a traditional Chinese bian smooth stone, facial gua sha tones and lifts the face through gentle, upward strokes over the skin to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 These quartz surfaces are showpieces that wow the eye and stand up to your hardest tasks and messes. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Caesarstone Countertops," 5 Apr. 2019 Laminate and quartz, on the other hand, can survive with a daily wipedown. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Countertops," 11 Feb. 2019 My eyes light up at sparkly chunks of raw crystals, and patiently the owners tell me about the purported healing energies of tiger's eye, rose quartz, and agate. Andrea Bartz, Redbook, "Why I Stopped Waiting for a Partner & Started Traveling the World," 10 Aug. 2017 It also should be used with a countertop made of a solid material like quartz (as opposed to butcher block or laminate) because the edge of the counter needs to be waterproof. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Sinks," 11 Feb. 2019 The constellation design really pops against a rose-quartz-esque sheer pink. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Astrology Nails Are Blowing Up on Instagram," 27 Sep. 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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