\ 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 quartz (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quartz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Toledo Geller used white oak cabinetry, grasscloth, and a quartz countertop that looks like concrete to impart earthiness, while petite sinks allow for more counter space and elbow room. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 All counters and backsplashes are made from sheets of white quartz with bold black stripes. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2021 The quartz movement with three-hand analog display gives you precise timing. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 Aug. 2021 The time on the quartz movement is easily adjusted through the crown. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The durable quartz countertop stands up to tough messes while offering the look of soapstone. Elizabeth Sweet, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 In the photo, Lizzo appears to be holding some rose quartz in her hands, demonstrating how scarily similar her nails are to the stone's exquisite color. Sara Miranda, Allure, 2 Sep. 2021 The resort-style quartz pool is a rough cut limestone block. Monica Mercuri, House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2021 The tourist city of Zhangjiajie, known for its quartz-sandstone pillars and glass skywalk bridge, was placed in lockdown after recent travelers tested positive. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for quartz

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The first known use of quartz was circa 1631

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“Quartz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartz. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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