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ice crystals

noun, Meteorology
precipitation consisting of small, slowly falling crystals of ice.
Also called ice needles.
Origin of ice crystals
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ice crystals
  • Most baked cookies can also be frozen if wrapped airtight to prevent ice crystals and freezer burn.
  • They probably are made of water ice crystals, and they are still in sunlight when night has fallen on the ground below.
  • Rather than scrambling the ice crystals, the shock wave from the rocket organized them into an array of tiny spinning tops.
  • Ordinarily, ice crystals rupture the cells of a frozen tissue sample, leaving nothing but freezer-burned goo.
  • The quicker it gets into the hardening cabinet, the smaller the ice crystals.
  • Clouds are composed primarily of small water droplets and, if it's cold enough, ice crystals.
  • The major concern in cryopreservation of cells is the possible formation of ice crystals inside in the cells.
  • These ice crystals act as condensation nuclei around which even more water vapour in the surrounding air condenses.
  • In winter, the problem is that there aren't sufficient ice crystals.
  • The form of the ice crystals depends on the cooling rate and hence on the air temperature.

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