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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

    A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents (such as atoms, molecules, or ions) are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. In addition, macroscopic single crystals are usually identifiable by their geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations. The scientific study of crystals and crystal formation is known as crystallography. The process of crystal formation via mechanisms of crystal growth is called crystallization or solidification. The word crystal derives from the Ancient Greek word κρύσταλλος (krustallos), meaning both "ice" and "rock crystal", from κρύος (kruos), "icy cold, frost".Examples of large crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, and table salt. Most inorganic solids are not crystals but polycrystals, i.e. many microscopic crystals fused together into a single solid. Polycrystals include most metals, rocks, ceramics, and ice. A third category of solids is amorphous solids, where the atoms have no periodic structure whatsoever. Examples of amorphous solids include glass, wax, and many plastics. Despite the name, lead crystal, crystal glass, and related products are not crystals, but rather types of glass, i.e. amorphous solids. Crystals, or crystalline solids, are often used in pseudoscientific practices such as crystal therapy, and, along with gemstones, are sometimes associated with spellwork in Wiccan beliefs and related religious movements.

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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    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. Hillary Clinton campaign:

    And it was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with President Bill Clinton official duties.

  2. Naveen Patnaik:

    When he speaks his words are akin to pearls strung on a silken thread....when he should speak it s like lustre shed by a ruby...when he does speak it s like crystal splash that cleaves the blue....

  3. The President:

    We have the cleanest air in the world in the United States, and United States's gotten better since I'm The President. We have the cleanest water ; it's crystal clean. And I always say I want crystal clean water and air.

  4. Charles Grassley:

    Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence, more details are needed from the administration.

  5. Team ROC:

    The Norwegian Ski Federation’s message to Russia and Russian athletes is crystal clear; We do not want your participation!

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