quartz glass, quartz, vitreous silica, lechatelierite, crystal(noun)
colorless glass made of almost pure silica
a hard glossy mineral consisting of silicon dioxide in crystal form; present in most rocks (especially sandstone and granite); yellow sand is quartz with iron oxide impurities
The most abundant mineral on the earth's surface, of chemical composition silicon dioxide, SiO. It occurs in a variety of forms, both crystalline and amorphous. Found in every environment.
Origin: Quarz, from twarc, probably from a West Slavic language (compare Czech tvrdý, Polish twardy, Russian твёрдый), from тврьдъ, from tvьrdъ.
a form of silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), occurring in hexagonal crystals, which are commonly colorless and transparent, but sometimes also yellow, brown, purple, green, and of other colors; also in cryptocrystalline massive forms varying in color and degree of transparency, being sometimes opaque
Origin: [G. quarz.]
Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar. It is made up of a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall formula SiO2. There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Especially in Europe and the Middle East, varieties of quartz have been since antiquity the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hardstone carvings. The word "quartz" is derived from the German word "Quarz" and its Middle High German ancestor "twarc", which probably originated in Slavic.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kworts, n. the common form of native silica, or the oxide of silicon, occurring both in crystals and massive, scratching glass easily, and becoming positively electrical by friction, colourless when pure—Rock-crystal, Common, and Compact Quartz.—ns. Quartz′-crush′er, -mill, a machine, mill, where auriferous quartz is reduced to powder, and the gold separated by amalgamation.—adj. Quartzif′erous.—ns. Quartz′ite, Quartz′-rock, a common rock, usually white, gray, or rusty in colour, and composed of an aggregate of quartz-grains welded together.—adjs. Quartzit′ic; Quartz′ose, of or like quartz; Quartz′y. [Ger. quarz.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Quartz (SiO2). A glassy or crystalline form of silicon dioxide. Many colored varieties are semiprecious stones. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A mineral, silica, SiO2. It has recently been used by C. V. Boys and since by others in the making of filaments for torsion suspensions. The mineral is melted, while attached to an arrow or other projectile. It is touched to another piece of quartz or some substance to which it adheres and the arrow is fired off from the bow. A very fine filament of surpassingly good qualities for galvanometer suspension filaments is produced. As a dielectric it is remarkable in possessing but one-ninth the residual capacity of glass.
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The numerical value of quartz in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of quartz in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- quarsCatalan, Valencian
- kvartsi, ukonkiviFinnish
- cristal de roche, quartzFrench
- èiteagScottish Gaelic
- क्वार्टज़, क्वार्ट्जHindi
- 水晶, 石英Japanese
- 石英, 석영Korean
- kiripaka, takawaiMāori
- tsé áwózíNavajo, Navaho
- quartzo, quarçoPortuguese
- кварц, kvarcSerbo-Croatian
- thạch anh, 石英Vietnamese
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