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crys·tal

crystal

 
 
pronunciation:
krI stl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a piece of a certain substance that is made when the substance changes from a liquid to a solid. In becoming solid, as when water turns to ice, this type of substance takes on a structure that has a repeating pattern of flat surfaces. These flat surfaces reflect light and can make the substance sparkle when looked at from different directions.
When the salty water evaporated, it left crystals of salt on our skin.The beautiful stone they found had shining crystals sticking up from it.
 
definition 2: glass of very high quality.
That beautiful vase is made of crystal.
definition 3: the clear cover on the face of a watch.
This crystal is so scratched he can hardly read the time.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: made of or like crystal.
Blanche served the fruit in a crystal bowl.
definition 2: clear; not clouded.
The crystal stream provided water for many thirsty animals.
derivation: crystallike (adj.)
Word History
Crystal comes from a Greek word that means "clear ice."
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