crystal

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Etymology[edit]

Old English cristal (clear ice/mineral), from Latin crystallum (crystal, ice), later reinforced from Anglo-Norman cristall, Middle French cristal, from Latin crystallum, from Ancient Greek κρύσταλλος (krustallos, clear ice), from κρύος (kruos, frost), from the Proto-Indo-European *krus-, *kru- (hard, hard outer surface, crust).

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crystal (countable and uncountable, plural crystals)

  1. (countable) A solid composed of an array of atoms or molecules possessing long-range order and arranged in a pattern which is periodic in three dimensions.
  2. (countable) A piece of glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.
  3. (uncountable) A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.
  4. (uncountable, slang) crystal meth: methamphetamine hydrochloride.
  5. The glass over the dial of a watch case.

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  • (array of atoms): grain

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Adjective[edit]

crystal (not comparable)

  1. Very clear.
    "Do I make myself clear?" / "Crystal."

References[edit]

  • crystal” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).