What does crystal mean?

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ˈkrɪs tlcrys·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crystalnoun

    a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure

  2. crystalnoun

    a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices

  3. crystal, crystallizationnoun

    a rock formed by the solidification of a substance; has regularly repeating internal structure; external plane faces

  4. quartz glass, quartz, vitreous silica, lechatelierite, crystalnoun

    colorless glass made of almost pure silica

  5. crystalnoun

    glassware made of quartz

  6. crystal, watch crystal, watch glassnoun

    a protective cover that protects the face of a watch


  1. crystalnoun

    A solid composed of an array of atoms or molecules possessing long-range order and arranged in a pattern which is periodic in three dimensions.

  2. crystalnoun

    A piece of glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.

  3. crystalnoun

    A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.

  4. crystalnoun

    crystal meth: methamphetamine hydrochloride.

  5. Crystalnoun

    A female given name from English.

    "Crystal's pretty. The name, I mean."

  6. Crystalnoun

    A surname.

    In this exhilarating and often hilarious book, David Crystal examines why we devote so much time and energy to language games, how professionals make a career of them, and how young children instinctively take to them.

  7. Crystalnoun

    A ghost town in Colorado.

  8. Crystalnoun

    A town in Maine.

  9. Crystalnoun

    A city in Minnesota.

  10. Crystalnoun

    A census-designated place in New Mexico.

  11. Crystalnoun

    A city and town in North Dakota.

  12. Crystalnoun

    A town in Wisconsin.

  13. Etymology: cristal, from crystallum, later reinforced from cristall, cristal, from crystallum, from κρύσταλλος, from κρύος, from the krus-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crystaladjective

    Then, Jupiter, thou king of Gods,
    Thy crystal window ope, look out. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    In groves we live, and lie on mossy beds
    By crystal streams, that murmur through the meads. Dryden.

  2. CRYSTALnoun

    1.Crystals are hard, pellucid, and naturally colourless bodies, of regularly angular figures, composed of simple, not filamentous plates, not flexile or elastick, giving fire with steel, not fermenting with acid menstrua, and calcining in a strong fire. There are many various species of it produced in different parts of the globe. John Hill on Fossils.

    Etymology: ϰϱύσταλλος.

    Island crystal bears a red heat without losing its transparency, and in a very intense heat calcines without fusion: steeped a day or two in water, it loses its natural polish: rubbed on cloth, it attracts straws, like amber. Ephraim Chambers.

    Island crystal is a genuine spar, of an extremely pure, clear, and fine texture, seldom either blemished with flaws or spots, or stained with any other colour. It is always an oblique parallelopiped of six planes, and found from a quarter of an inch to three inches in diameter. It is moderately heavy, but very soft, and is easily serated with a pin. It very freely calcines into a pure, but opaque white. It is found in the island of Iceland, and in many parts of Germany and France. A remarkable property of this body, which has much employed the writers on opticks, is its double refraction; so that if it be laid over a black line, drawn on paper, two lines appear in the place of one, of the same colour and thickness, and running parallel to one another at a small distance. Hill.

    Water, as it seems, turneth into crystal; as is seen in divers caves, where the crystal hangs in stillicidiis. Francis Bacon, Phys. Rem.

    If crystal be a stone, it is not immediately concreted by the efficacy of cold, but rather by a mineral spirit. Brown.

    Crystal is certainly known, and distinguished by the degree of its diaphaneity and of its refraction, as also of its hardness, which are ever the same. John Woodward, Math. Foss.

    If the menstruum be overcharged, within a short time the metals will shoot into certain crystals. Francis Bacon.


  1. Crystal

    Crystal is a song by the English rock band New Order. It is one of the band's fastest and most guitar-orientated singles. The song was released in August 2001 as the first single from their seventh album Get Ready. It entered the UK Singles Charts at number eight, attracting considerable attention and critical praise as the band's comeback single, their first since 1993. The song also found moderate success internationally, peaking at number three in Canada, number seven in Finland, and reaching the top 50 in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden. "Crystal" appears as the first track on the album in a slightly different version than the single release, with an extended outro and intro.


  1. crystal

    A crystal is a solid material whose atoms, molecules or ions are arranged in a highly ordered structure, extending in all three spatial dimensions to create a repeating pattern. This regularized arrangement lends crystals their recognizable outer geometric shapes and unique internal structures. Examples of crystals include minerals, gemstones, and everyday substances like salt and sugar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crystalnoun

    the regular form which a substance tends to assume in solidifying, through the inherent power of cohesive attraction. It is bounded by plane surfaces, symmetrically arranged, and each species of crystal has fixed axial ratios. See Crystallization

  2. Crystalnoun

    the material of quartz, in crystallization transparent or nearly so, and either colorless or slightly tinged with gray, or the like; -- called also rock crystal. Ornamental vessels are made of it. Cf. Smoky quartz, Pebble; also Brazilian pebble, under Brazilian

  3. Crystalnoun

    a species of glass, more perfect in its composition and manufacture than common glass, and often cut into ornamental forms. See Flint glass

  4. Crystalnoun

    the glass over the dial of a watch case

  5. Crystalnoun

    anything resembling crystal, as clear water, etc

  6. Crystaladjective

    consisting of, or like, crystal; clear; transparent; lucid; pellucid; crystalline

  7. Etymology: [OE. cristal, F. cristal, L. crystallum crystal, ice, fr. Gr. kry`stallos, fr. kry`os icy cold, frost; cf. AS. crystalla, fr. L. crystallum; prob. akin to E. crust. See Crust, Raw.]


  1. Crystal

    Crystal is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. She is a member of the Inhumans and the younger sister of Medusa. Crystal possesses the power to manipulate the classic four elements. Originally, she was a girlfriend of the Human Torch, then the girlfriend of the Avenger the Sentry. She later married Quicksilver. They have a daughter, Luna, who is granddaughter of Magneto. Crystal had an affair during her marriage, though she claimed to still love Quicksilver. Eventually, their marriage was annulled and Quicksilver was forbidden to see Luna. She is later married to Ronan the Accuser of the Kree, purportedly as a symbol of Kree and Inhuman unity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crystal

    kris′tal, n. a superior kind of quartz, clear like ice: (chem.) a piece of matter which has assumed a definite geometrical form, with plane faces.—adjs. Crys′tal, Crys′tallīne, consisting of or like crystal in clearness, &c.; Crys′talform; Crys′tallīsable, capable of being crystallised or formed into crystals.—n. Crystallīsā′tion, the act of crystallising.—v.t. Crys′tallīse, to reduce to the form of a crystal.—v.i. to assume a crystalline form.—ns. Crys′tallite; Crystallogen′esis.—adj. Crystallogen′ic.—n. Crystallog′rapher, one skilled in crystallography.—adj. Crystallograph′icn. Crystallog′raphy, the science of crystallisation.—adj. Crys′talloid, having the form of a crystal.—n. a name given by Graham to a class of substances which when in solution pass easily through membranes.—n. Crys′tallomancy, a mode of divination by means of transparent bodies. [O. Fr. cristol—L. crystallum—Gr. krystallos, ice—kryos, frost.]

Editors Contribution

  1. crystal

    A type of element.

    The crystal stone was created within the wedding ring.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

  2. crystal

    A type of mineral created and designed in various colors, shapes, matter and sizes.

    Crystal is used for creating various things & to have an accurate effect on animals and people.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

  3. crystal

    Able to view accurately

    It is so clear they are an amazing team.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crystal is ranked #14878 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crystal surname appeared 1,989 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Crystal.

    82.7% or 1,645 total occurrences were White.
    5.8% or 117 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.6% or 93 total occurrences were Black.
    4% or 80 total occurrences were Asian.
    2% or 41 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crystal' in Nouns Frequency: #1795

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of crystal in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Begbie:

    There were always plenty of young female guests on board to keep any single men occupied and these were women that looked like they had just come from the Victoria’s Secret runway, our backyard was literally crystal clear waters and deserted white beaches for as far as the eye could see. Although while on charter it was difficult to appreciate this, during time off and breaks it was amazing.

  2. General Counsel Carl Szabo:

    We are seeing activity in Congress by people like Rep. Jim Jordan, like Rep. [James] Comer and [Cathy] McMorris Rodgers to advance legislation to make crystal clear that the federal government cannot and must not engage in this type of coercion of social media platforms.

  3. Andrew YangObama:

    With a crystal ball, we might not have invested as much energy in Iowa, because I think that that lack of clarity afterwards hurt every candidate, but we're excited about being here in New Hampshire.

  4. Louis Leterrier:

    The Dark Crystal ' tuned my heart to a certain type of filmmaking, but also guided my eyes. I was so flabbergasted by the masterful achievement, i was like,' This is possible, this is filmmaking, this is what can be done and can be achieved with an idea, some rubber or fabric... It defined me.

  5. Scott Swift:

    I wish I had a crystal ball that I look into the future and see. I am concerned about the forces of detribalization that appear to be more current here in the theater, and that's what I hear from my friends in the region as I communicate with them…The lack of certainty - the growing uncertainty of those countries in the region.

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