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Inflections of ' ' ( crystal ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) When both "l" and "ll" forms exist, spellings with a double "l" are correct, but rare, in US English, while those with a single "l" are not correct in UK English. crystals v 3rd person singular crystalling v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (Mainly UK) crystaling v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US) crystalled v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Mainly UK) crystaled v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US) crystalled v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly UK) crystaled v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US)
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 crys•tal /ˈkrɪstəl/
USA pronunciation n.
Crystallography a clear, transparent mineral or glass resembling ice, like quartz. [ uncountable ]
a piece of such mineral, cut and used as decoration: glimmering crystals on her necklace. [ countable ]
Crystallography a single grain of a crystallike substance: A few crystals of sugar fell to the floor. [ countable ]
Ceramics glass of fine quality and a high degree of brilliance: a goblet of Orrefors crystal. [ uncountable ]
Ceramics glassware, esp. for the table and ornamental objects, made of such glass: Put out the china and the crystal. [ uncountable ]
Time the glass or plastic cover over the face of a watch: The blow to his wrist had shattered the crystal on his watch. [ countable ]
Electronics a quartz crystal shaped to vibrate at a particular frequency, used to control the timing of a watch. [ countable ] adj.
Crystallographymade of crystal. Crystallography resembling crystal; clear; transparent: the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea. [before a noun ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 crys•tal
(kris ′tl), USA pronunciation n., adj., v., -taled, -tal•ing or ( esp. Brit.) -talled, -tal•ling. n.
Crystallographya clear, transparent mineral or glass resembling ice.
Crystallographythe transparent form of crystallized quartz.
Chemistrya solid body having a characteristic internal structure and enclosed by symmetrically arranged plane surfaces, intersecting at definite and characteristic angles.
Chemistryanything made of or resembling such a substance.
Crystallographya single grain or mass of a crystalline substance.
Ceramicsglass of fine quality and a high degree of brilliance.
Ceramicsarticles, esp. glassware for the table and ornamental objects, made of such a glass.
Timethe glass or plastic cover over the face of a watch.
Radio and Televisionthe piece of germanium, silicon, galena, or the like forming the essential part of a crystal detector. Radio and Televisionthe crystal detector itself.
Electronicsa 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.
Drugs, Slang Terms any stimulant drug in powder form, as methamphetamine or PCP. [Slang. ] adj.
Crystallographycomposed of crystal.
Crystallographyresembling crystal; clear; transparent.
Radio and Televisionpertaining to or employing a crystal detector.
indicating the fifteenth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary. v.t.
Crystallographyto make into crystal; crystallize. Crystallographyto cover or coat with, or as if with, crystal (usually fol. by over).
crys ′tal•like′, adj.
Greek krýstallos clear ice, rock crystal, derivative of krystaínein to freeze; see cryo- Medieval Latin cristallum, Latin crystallum Middle English cristal( le), Old English cristalla bef. 1000 Crys•tal
(kris ′tl), USA pronunciation n.
Place Namesa city in SE Minnesota, near Minneapolis. 25,543. a female given name.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
crystal / ˈkrɪst/ əl n 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 a highly transparent and brilliant type of glass, often used in cut-glass tableware, ornaments, etc (: as modifier) a crystal chandelier something made of or resembling crystal crystal glass articles collectively a crystalline element used in certain electronic devices as a detector, oscillator, transducer, etc (: as modifier) crystal pick-up, crystal detector 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 adj resembling crystal; transparent: crystal water Etymology: Old English cristalla, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krustallos ice, crystal, from krustainein to freeze
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