Crystalline
Crystalline Crys"tal*line (kr?s"tal-l?n or -l?n; 277), a. [L. crystallinus, from Gr. ????: cf. F. cristallin. See {Crystal}.] 1. Consisting, or made, of crystal. [1913 Webster]

Mount, eagle, to my palace crystalline. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Formed by crystallization; like crystal in texture. [1913 Webster]

Their crystalline structure. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

3. Imperfectly crystallized; as, granite is only crystalline, while quartz crystal is perfectly crystallized. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Resembling crystal; pure; transparent; pellucid. ``The crystalline sky.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Crystalline heavens}, or {Crystalline spheres}, in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, two transparent spheres imagined to exist between the region of the fixed stars and the primum mobile (or outer circle of the heavens, which by its motion was supposed to carry round all those within it), in order to explain certain movements of the heavenly bodies.

{Crystalline lens} (Anat.), the capsular lenslike body in the eye, serving to focus the rays of light. It consists of rodlike cells derived from the external embryonic epithelium. [1913 Webster]


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  • Crystalline — Crys tal*line, n. 1. A crystalline substance. [1913 Webster] 2. See {Aniline}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crystalline — Crystalline. См. Кристалличность. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • crystalline — index lucid, pellucid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • crystalline — late 14c., from O.Fr. cristalin like crystal (Mod.Fr. crystallin), from L. crystallinus, from Gk. krystallinos of crystal, from krystallos (see CRYSTAL (Cf. crystal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • crystalline — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the structure and form of a crystal. 2) literary very clear …   English terms dictionary

  • crystalline — [kris′təl in, kris′ təlīn΄, kris′təlēn΄] adj. [ME < OFr & L; OFr crystalin < L crystallinus < Gr krystallinos: see CRYSTAL] 1. consisting or made of crystal or crystals 2. like crystal; clear and transparent 3. having the structure of a… …   English World dictionary

  • crystalline — [[t]krɪ̱st(ə)laɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A crystalline substance is in the form of crystals or contains crystals. Diamond is the crystalline form of the element carbon. ...hard, crystalline rock. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Crystalline means clear or… …   English dictionary

  • crystalline — adjective Etymology: Middle English cristallin, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French, from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos, from krystallos Date: 15th century 1. resembling crystal: as a. strikingly clear or sparkling < crystalline …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crystalline — 1. Clear; transparent. 2. Relating to a crystal or crystals. * * * crys·tal·line kris tə lənalso .līn, .lēn adj 1) composed of or resembling crystals 2 a) formed by crystallization: having regular arrangement of the atoms in a space lattice see… …   Medical dictionary

  • crystalline — adj. Crystalline is used with these nouns: ↑substance …   Collocations dictionary

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