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liquid crystal

a liquid having certain crystalline characteristics, especially different optical properties in different directions when exposed to an electric field.
Origin of liquid crystal
1890-95 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for liquid crystal
  • liquid crystal diodes do not emit light, they merely modulate either transmitted or reflected light.
  • The lenses could be liquid crystal screens and show movie goers exactly what the camera lenses captured.
  • The liquid crystal is the actual image generator that you look at in the display.
  • But e-paper still suffers in comparison to conventional liquid crystal displays in terms of refresh speed and vividness of color.
  • Quantum dots can also be used to improve the efficiency of liquid crystal displays.
  • View a video showing liquid crystal droplets before and after the addition of endotoxin.
  • liquid crystal windows switch quickly from a transparent state to a diffuse white state.
British Dictionary definitions for liquid crystal

liquid crystal

a liquid that has some crystalline characteristics, such as the presence of different optical properties in different directions; a substance in a mesomorphic state See also smectic, nematic
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liquid crystal in Science
liquid crystal  
Any of various liquids in which molecules are regularly arrayed like a solid crystal along one or two dimensions, but are free in the other dimensions as with typical liquids. Liquid crystals often display unusual and often manipulable optical properties such as anisotropic scattering. See more at LCD.
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