|1.||a piece of solid substance, such as quartz, with a regular shape in which plane faces intersect at definite angles, due to the regular internal structure of its atoms, ions, or molecules|
|2.||a single grain of a crystalline substance|
|3.||anything resembling a crystal, such as a piece of cut glass|
|4.||a. a highly transparent and brilliant type of glass, often used in cut-glass tableware, ornaments, etc|
|b. (as modifier): a crystal chandelier|
|5.||something made of or resembling crystal|
|6.||crystal glass articles collectively|
|a. a crystalline element used in certain electronic devices as a detector, oscillator, transducer, etc|
|b. (as modifier): crystal pick-up; crystal detector|
|8.||a transparent cover for the face of a watch, usually of glass or plastic|
|9.||(modifier) of or relating to a crystal or the regular atomic arrangement of crystals: crystal structure; crystal lattice|
|10.||resembling crystal; transparent: crystal water|
|[Old English cristalla, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krustallos ice, crystal, from krustainein to freeze]|
crystal crys·tal (krĭs'təl)
A homogenous solid formed by a repeating, three-dimensional pattern of atoms, ions, or molecules and having fixed distances between constituent parts.
A mineral, especially a transparent form of quartz that has a crystalline structure and is often characterized by external planar faces.
|crystal (krĭs'təl) Pronunciation Key
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(Ezek. 1:22, with the epithet "terrible," as dazzling the spectators with its brightness). The word occurs in Rev. 4:6; 21:11; 22:1. It is a stone of the flint order, the most refined kind of quartz. The Greek word here used means also literally "ice." The ancients regarded the crystal as only pure water congealed into extreme hardness by great length of time.