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ice crystals

plural 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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  • In low temperatures everything became covered with ice-crystals, deposited from the air, which eventually grew into huge blocks.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • The two halos are the only phenomena which admit of explanation without assigning any particular distribution to the ice-crystals.

  • The snow again lay thick on the ground, and millions of ice-crystals glittered in the sunshine on bush and tree.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • Aqueous vapour rising in equatorial regions may finally return to the earth in the form of ice-crystals at the poles.

  • Cirrus are thin, fibrous, detached, and feather-like clouds formed of ice-crystals.

    Sounding the Ocean of Air A. Lawrence Rotch
  • It is caused by the refraction of light passing through moisture, which at the usual height is in the form of ice-crystals.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • The display lasted ten minutes and ended with the disappearance of the ice-crystals.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • To my poor faculty the splendour of the ice-crystals remains the one memorial thing.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • There would be ice-crystals in the very centre of his heart, that heart that had glowed so fiercely with the lust of life.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The ice-crystals merrily crepitate as they break up, when the bonds of frost are withdrawn.

    The Alps Martin Conway

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