cubic zirconia
Zirconia ir*co"ni*a, n. [NL.] (Chem.) The oxide of zirconium ({ZrO2}), obtained as a white powder, and possessing both acid and basic properties. On account of its infusibility, and brilliant luminosity when incandescent, it is used as an ingredient of sticks for the Drummomd light. [1913 Webster]

{cubic zirconia}. A colorless form of zirconia similar in appearance and refractivity to diamond, and used as a substitute for diamonds in inexpensive jewelry; -- also known by the acronym {CZ}. [PJC]


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  • cubic zirconia — n. a synthetic crystalline compound of zirconium oxide, fashioned to resemble diamonds, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Cubic zirconia — A round brilliant cut cubic zirconia Cubic zirconia (or CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors.… …   Wikipedia

  • cubic zirconia — also cubic zirconium noun Date: 1979 a synthetic gemstone of zirconia resembling a diamond …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cubic zirconia — noun also cubic zirconium : a synthetic gemstone of zirconia resembling a diamond …   Useful english dictionary

  • cubic zirconia — /zerr koh nee euh/, pl. zirconias. an artificial crystal resembling a diamond in refraction, dispersion, hardness, and color, used in jewelry. Abbr.: CZ Sometimes, cubic zirconium /zerr koh nee euhm/. * * * …   Universalium

  • cubic zirconia — /kjubɪk zɜˈkoʊniə/ (say kyoohbik zer kohneeuh) noun the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide, which resembles diamond visually and is produced synthetically, being rare in nature; used as a cheap alternative in costume jewellery …   Australian English dictionary

  • cubic zirconia — cu′bic zir•co′ni•a [[t]zɜrˈkoʊ ni ə[/t]] n. pl. ni•as. jew an artificial crystal resembling a diamond, used in jewelry Abbr.: CZ …   From formal English to slang

  • Zirconia — ir*co ni*a, n. [NL.] (Chem.) The oxide of zirconium ({ZrO2}), obtained as a white powder, and possessing both acid and basic properties. On account of its infusibility, and brilliant luminosity when incandescent, it is used as an ingredient of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zirconia — [zər kō′nē ə] n. 〚ModL /span> ZIRCON + IA: so named (1789) by Klaproth (see TELLURIUM)〛 ZIRCONIUM OXIDE * * * …   Universalium

  • Cubic — Cubical redirects here. For the partition, see cubicle. Contents 1 Science and mathematics 2 Computing 3 Media …   Wikipedia

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