Crystal line


[kris-tl-in, -ahyn, -een]
of or like crystal; clear; transparent.
formed by crystallization.
composed of crystals.
pertaining to crystals or their formation.

1350–1400; Middle English cristal(l)yn(e) < Latin crystallinus < Greek krystállinos. See crystal, -ine1

crystallinity [kris-tl-in-i-tee] , noun
multicrystalline, adjective
noncrystalline, adjective
precrystalline, adjective
pseudocrystalline, adjective
subcrystalline, adjective
uncrystalline, adjective Unabridged
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crystalline (ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪn)
1.  having the characteristics or structure of crystals
2.  consisting of or containing crystals
3.  made of or like crystal; transparent; clear

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from Fr. crystallin, from L. crystallinus, from Gk. krystallinos "of crystal," from krystallos (see crystal).
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crystalline crys·tal·line (krĭs'tə-lĭn, -līn', -lēn')

  1. Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.

  2. Resembling crystal, as in transparency or distinctness of structure or outline.

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crystal   (krĭs'təl)  Pronunciation Key 

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  1. A homogenous solid formed by a repeating, three-dimensional pattern of atoms, ions, or molecules and having smooth external surfaces with characteristic angles between them. Crystals can occur in many sizes and shapes. ◇ The particular arrangement in space of these atoms, molecules, or ions, and the way in which they are joined, is called a crystal lattice. There are seven crystal groups or systems. Each is defined on the basis of the geometrical arrangement of the crystal lattice.

    1. A natural or synthetic material, such as quartz or ceramic, that consists of such crystals. When subjected to mechanical stresses, crystalline materials can generate an electric charge or, when subjected to an electric field, they can generate mechanical vibrations in what is known as the piezoelectric effect.

    2. An electrical device, such as an oscillator or a diode used for detecting radio signals, made of such a material.

crystalline adjective
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