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- A glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.
- An array of atoms (mineral or otherwise) posessing long-range order.
- A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.
- a female given name.
- (slang) The drug Crystal Meth (methamphetamine hydrochloride)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. [OE. cristal, F. cristal, L.
crystallum crystal, ice, fr. Gr. kry`stallos,
fr. kry`os icy cold, frost; cf. AS. crystalla,
fr. L. crystallum; prob. akin to E. crust. See
Crust, Raw.] 1. (Chem. &
Min.) The regular form which a substance tends to assume
in solidifying, through the inherent power of cohesive
attraction. It is bounded by plane surfaces, symmetrically
arranged, and each species of crystal has fixed axial ratios. See
2. The material of quartz, in
crystallization transparent or nearly so, and either colorless or
slightly tinged with gray, or the like; -- called also rock
crystal. Ornamental vessels are made of it. Cf. Smoky
quartz, Pebble; also Brazilian pebble, under
3. A species of glass, more perfect in
its composition and manufacture than common glass, and often cut
into ornamental forms. See Flint glass.
4. The glass over the dial of a watch
5. Anything resembling crystal, as clear
The blue crystal of the seas.
Blood crystal. See under
Blood. -- Compound crystal. See
under Compound. -- Iceland crystal,
a transparent variety of calcite, or crystallized calcium
carbonate, brought from Iceland, and used in certain optical
instruments, as the polariscope. -- Rock
crystal, or Mountain crystal,
any transparent crystal of quartz, particularly of limpid or
Crys"tal, a. Consisting of, or
like, crystal; clear; transparent; lucid; pellucid;
Through crystal walls each little mote will
By crystal streams that murmur through the
The crystal pellets at the touch
And from the ground rebounds the ratting hail.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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