qua·​si·​crys·​tal | \ ˈkwā-ˌzī-ˌkri-stᵊl How to pronounce quasicrystal (audio) , -sī-, ˈkwä-zē-, -sē- \

Definition of quasicrystal

: a body of solid material that resembles a crystal in being composed of repeating structural units but that incorporates two or more unit cells into a quasiperiodic structure

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quasicrystalline \ ˈkwā-​ˌzī-​ˌkri-​stə-​lən How to pronounce quasicrystalline (audio) , -​sī-​ , ˈkwä-​zē-​ , -​sē-​ also  -​ˌlīn , -​ˌlēn \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists have long debated how quasicrystals form. Quanta Magazine, "A Quasicrystal’s Shocking Origin," 8 July 2016 Indeed, some forms of time quasicrystals and a kind of time liquid have been identified already. Frank Wilczek, Scientific American, "The Exquisite Precision of Time Crystals," 16 Oct. 2019 Glotzer ultimately seeks the rules that govern emergence in general: a single framework for describing self-assembling quasicrystals, crystallizing proteins, or living cells that spontaneously arise from simple precursors. Quanta Magazine, "‘Digital Alchemist’ Seeks Rules of Emergence," 8 Mar. 2017 Dense Bragg peaks have been seen before, in the diffraction patterns of quasicrystals, those strange materials discovered in the 1980s with symmetric but nonrepeating atomic arrangements. Quanta Magazine, "A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of quasicrystal

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Quasicrystal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasicrystal. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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