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 quasicrystal (audio) , -​sī-​ , ˈkwä-​zē-​ , -​sē-​ also  -​ˌlīn , -​ˌlēn \ adjective

Examples of quasicrystal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The symmetry group of the quasicrystal is the same as that of the regular 20-sided solid known as an icosahedron, and the chemistry is given by the formula Si61Cu30Ca7Fe2. David Bressan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The force of the Trinity test had forged a new quasicrystal. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Scientists have long debated how quasicrystals form. Quanta Magazine, 8 July 2016 Indeed, some forms of time quasicrystals and a kind of time liquid have been identified already. Frank Wilczek, Scientific American, 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, 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, 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 24 Sep. 2021.

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