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crystal (ˈkrɪstəl



  1. a piece of solid substance, such as quartz, with a regular shape in which plane faces intersect at definite angles, due to the regular internal structure of its atoms, ions, or molecules
  2. a single grain of a crystalline substance
  3. anything resembling a crystal, such as a piece of cut glass
    1. a highly transparent and brilliant type of glass, often used in cut-glass tableware, ornaments, etc
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ a crystal chandelier
  4. something made of or resembling crystal
  5. crystal glass articles collectively
  6. (electronics)
    1. a crystalline element used in certain electronic devices as a detector, oscillator, transducer, etc
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ crystal pick-up,   ⇒  ■ crystal detector
  7. a transparent cover for the face of a watch, usually of glass or plastic
  8. (modifier) of or relating to a crystal or the regular atomic arrangement of crystals   ⇒  ■ crystal structure,   ⇒  ■ crystal lattice



  1. resembling crystal; transparent   ⇒  ■ crystal water

Word Origin

Old English cristalla, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krustallos ice, crystal, from krustainein to freeze

Translations for 'crystal'

  • British English: crystal A crystal is a piece of a mineral that has formed naturally into a regular symmetrical shape....salt crystals.ˈkrɪstl NOUN
  • Arabic: بَلُّور
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cristal
  • Chinese: 水晶
  • Croatian: kristal
  • Czech: krystal
  • Danish: krystal
  • Dutch: kristal
  • European Spanish: cristal
  • Finnish: kristalli
  • French: cristal
  • German: Kristall
  • Greek: κρύσταλλο
  • Italian: cristallo
  • Japanese: 水晶
  • Korean: 수정
  • Norwegian: krystall
  • Polish: kryształ
  • Portuguese: cristal
  • Romanian: cristal cristale
  • Russian: кристалл
  • Spanish: cristal
  • Swedish: kristall
  • Thai: แก้วเจียระไน
  • Turkish: kristal
  • Ukrainian: кристал
  • Vietnamese: pha lê

Example Sentences Including 'crystal'

He crushed out his cigar in the deep crystal ashtray on the end table, then drummed his fingers on his knee.
A crystal chandelier hung from the high old-fashioned ceiling.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
There were delicately painted friezes lining the halls and crystal statues in every corner.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)


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