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crystal (ˈkrɪstəl Pronunciation for crystal

Definitions

noun

  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

adjective

  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: crystalPronunciation for crystal A crystal is a piece of a mineral that has formed naturally into a regular symmetrical shape....salt crystals.ˈkrɪstl NOUN
  • Arabic: بَلُّورPronunciation for بَلُّور
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cristalPronunciation for cristal
  • Chinese: 水晶Pronunciation for 水晶
  • Croatian: kristalPronunciation for kristal
  • Czech: krystalPronunciation for krystal
  • Danish: krystalPronunciation for krystal
  • Dutch: kristalPronunciation for kristal
  • European Spanish: cristalPronunciation for cristal
  • Finnish: kristalliPronunciation for kristalli
  • French: cristalPronunciation for cristal
  • German: KristallPronunciation for Kristall
  • Greek: κρύσταλλοPronunciation for κρύσταλλο
  • Italian: cristalloPronunciation for cristallo
  • Japanese: 水晶Pronunciation for 水晶
  • Korean: 수정Pronunciation for 수정
  • Norwegian: krystallPronunciation for krystall
  • Polish: kryształPronunciation for kryształ
  • Portuguese: cristalPronunciation for cristal
  • Romanian: cristal cristale
  • Russian: кристаллPronunciation for кристалл
  • Spanish: cristalPronunciation for cristal
  • Swedish: kristallPronunciation for kristall
  • Thai: แก้วเจียระไนPronunciation for แก้วเจียระไน
  • Turkish: kristalPronunciation for kristal
  • Ukrainian: кристал
  • Vietnamese: pha lêPronunciation for pha lê

Example Sentences Including 'crystal'

A crystal chandelier hung from the high old-fashioned ceiling.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
Even though at the time I was extremely sceptical about crystals and crystal healing, I could not deny the reality of that shiver.
Hodgkinson, Liz Psychic Counselling
He crushed out his cigar in the deep crystal ashtray on the end table, then drummed his fingers on his knee.
Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATION (2002)
If only art history could always be made to seem so crystal clear.
Globe and Mail (2003)
In the early days of the business, processors operated at the same pace of the vibrating crystal.
Globe and Mail (2004)
One thing can be said with crystal clarity about Rangers these days: a baffling array of noises is emerging from Ibrox.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Our girl made her excuses and left him toying with his crystal ball.
Sun, News of the World (2000)
The organic component's convoluted shape also gives "guest" molecules that enter the crystal structure lots of edges on which to stick.
New Scientist (2004)
There were delicately painted friezes lining the halls and crystal statues in every corner.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)

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