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[kris-tl] /ˈkrɪs tl/
a clear, transparent mineral or glass resembling ice.
the transparent form of crystallized quartz.
Chemistry, Mineralogy. a solid body having a characteristic internal structure and enclosed by symmetrically arranged plane surfaces, intersecting at definite and characteristic angles.
anything made of or resembling such a substance.
a single grain or mass of a crystalline substance.
glass of fine quality and a high degree of brilliance.
articles, especially glassware for the table and ornamental objects, made of such a glass.
the glass or plastic cover over the face of a watch.
Electronics. a quartz crystal ground in the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped, which vibrates strongly at one frequency when electric voltages of that frequency are placed across opposite sides: used to control the frequency of an oscillator (crystal oscillator) as of a radio transmitter.
Slang. any stimulant drug in powder form, as methamphetamine or PCP.
composed of crystal.
resembling crystal; clear; transparent.
Radio. pertaining to or employing a .
indicating the fifteenth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
verb (used with object), crystaled, crystaling or (especially British) crystalled, crystalling.
to make into crystal; .
to cover or coat with, or as if with, crystal (usually followed by over).
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
a single grain of a crystalline substance
anything resembling a crystal, such as a piece of cut glass
something made of or resembling crystal
crystal glass articles collectively
a transparent cover for the face of a watch, usually of glass or plastic
(modifier) of or relating to a crystal or the regular atomic arrangement of crystals: crystal structure, crystal lattice
resembling crystal; transparent: crystal water
Old English cristal “clear ice, clear mineral,” from Old French cristal (12c., Modern French crystal), from Latin crystallus “crystal, ice,” from Greek krystallos, from kryos “frost,” from PIE root *kru(s)- “hard, hard outer surface” (see crust). Spelling adopted the Latin form 15c.-17c. The mineral has been so-called since Old English; it was regarded by the ancients as a sort of fossilized ice. As a shortened form of crystal-glass it dates from 1590s. As an adjective, from late 14c.
crystal crys·tal (krĭs’təl)
A material in which the atoms are arranged in a rigid geometrical structure (see geometry) marked by symmetry. Crystals often have clearly visible geometrical shapes.
Note: Most minerals are crystalline structures.
Narcotics in powdered form, esp amphetamines; speed (1960s+ Narcotics)
(Ezek. 1:22, with the epithet “terrible,” as dazzling the spectators with its brightness). The word occurs in Rev. 4:6; 21:11; 22:1. It is a stone of the flint order, the most refined kind of quartz. The Greek word here used means also literally “ice.” The ancients regarded the crystal as only pure water congealed into extreme hardness by great length of time.
noun 1. a structure of prefabricated iron units, glass, and wood, built in London to house the Exhibition of 1851: destroyed by fire 1936. noun 1. a building of glass and iron designed by Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. Erected in Hyde Park, London, it was moved to Sydenham (1852–53): destroyed […]
noun 1. a phonograph pickup that generates an electric current as the stylus applies pressure to a piezoelectric crystal.
- Crystal pick-up
noun 1. a record-player pick-up in which the current is generated by the deformation of a piezoelectric crystal caused by the movements of the stylus
noun 1. any of a line of narrow, corrugated pleats pressed into a fabric, especially one that is lightweight.