What is crystal?

  • (noun): A solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an ordered pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. In addition to their microscopic structure, large crystals are usually identifiable by their macroscopic geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations.

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Dendrite (crystal)
... A crystal dendrite is a crystal that develops with a typical multi-branching tree-like form ... Dendritic crystal growth is very common and illustrated by snowflake formation and frost patterns on a window ... Dendritic crystals can form from growth instabilities that occur when the growth rate is limited by the rate of diffusion of solute atoms to the ...
List Of Cities In Missouri - A-C
... Crestwood Creve Coeur Crocker Cross Timbers Crystal City Crystal Lake Park Crystal Lakes Cuba Curryville ...
Holos - Company
... Along with other companies such as Crystal Services, it was used to create a new subsidiary company called Seagate Software ... Only Holistic and Crystal remained, and Seagate Software was renamed to Crystal Decisions ... Holistic and Crystal had very different sales models ...
Crystal, New Mexico - Education
... County Schools serve the McKinley County portion of Crystal ... The portion of Crystal in San Juan County is served by Central Consolidated Schools ...
Edmund Goodman
... When Crystal Palace was founded they asked Aston Villa for help in setting up the club, Villa offered Palace Goodman and he helped to appoint the first manager and found ... After two seasons he became manager and remained so for 23 years, becoming Crystal Palace's longest serving manager in the process ... could be said to be the founding father of Crystal Palace F.C ...

More definitions of "crystal":

  • (noun): A rock formed by the solidification of a substance; has regularly repeating internal structure; external plane faces.
    Synonyms: crystallization
  • (noun): Glassware made of quartz.
  • (noun): A crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices.

Famous quotes containing the word crystal:

    Opinionated writing is always the most difficult ... simply because it involves retaining in the cold morning-after crystal of the printed word the burning flow of molten feeling.
    Gavin Lyall (b. 1932)

    I waited alone, in the company of orchids, roses and violets who—like people waiting beside you, but to whom you are unknown—maintained a silence which their individuality of living things rendered more imposing and in their chilly manner received the heat from an incandescent coal fire, preciously placed behind a crystal glass, in a white marble tub where it dropped, from time to time, its dangerous rubies.
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

    If Los Angeles has been called “the capital of crackpots” and “the metropolis of isms,” the native Angeleno can not fairly attribute all of the city’s idiosyncrasies to the newcomer—at least not so long as he consults the crystal ball for guidance in his business dealings and his wife goes shopping downtown in beach pajamas.
    —For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)