Meaning of crystalline in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪst(ə)lʌɪn/

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  • 1Having the structure and form of a crystal; composed of crystals.

    ‘a crystalline rock’
    • ‘This crystalline structure is an orderly arrangement of ions known as a crystal lattice.’
    • ‘Changing the state of a substance with asymmetric bonds requires more energy than a crystalline structure would.’
    • ‘They consist of metals and nonmetals bound together in a crystalline or non-crystalline structure.’
    • ‘Quartz and gypsum are other familiar examples of crystalline structures.’
    • ‘This usually leads to a physical structure that is crystalline in nature.’
    • ‘Even if a perfect crystal is not formed, the internal crystalline structure can be shown.’
    • ‘Cristobalite is a crystalline form of silica that has a diamondlike structure.’
    • ‘Although most small molecule drugs come as crystalline powders, only one protein pharmaceutical, insulin, is formulated thus.’
    • ‘Silica exists in several crystalline forms, in a large number of colloidal forms, and as an amorphous solid.’
    • ‘As more of the chains are caused to line up in an ordered manner, the polymer becomes more crystalline.’
    • ‘Glass itself does not have a crystalline structure as minerals do.’
    • ‘Silicate minerals are classified primarily on the basis of their crystalline structure.’
    • ‘Crystal gems do not soak up water, because of their closely packed crystalline structure that does not permit water molecules to enter.’
    • ‘Haematite is iron oxide - a grey form of the mineral that has a larger crystalline structure than the more familiar red stuff, or rust.’
    • ‘Many substances - particularly those with crystalline structures - form differently when in low gravity.’
    • ‘Both are crystalline forms of sulfur, but their structures are slightly different.’
    • ‘A crystalline metal is composed of a lattice of positively charged ions.’
    • ‘Saccharin is a white, crystalline powder that can be as much as 500 times sweeter than sucrose.’
    • ‘When it precipitates in the gall bladder it forms crystalline solids called gallstones.’
    • ‘At higher elevations on these mountains, the parent material is acid crystalline rock.’
    1. 1.1 literary Very clear.
      ‘he writes a crystalline prose’
      • ‘How much more fun law school would be if the prose were crystalline!’
      • ‘He credits this awesome landscape with inspiring many of the crystalline passages of prose that have illuminated his other books.’
      • ‘Very often, these images are transcendentally brilliant, particularly those shot in crystalline black and white.’
      • ‘Bach invokes these emotions within a structure so crystalline that we can't begin to fathom its perfection.’
      clear, transparent, limpid, crystal clear, crystalline, see-through


Middle English from Old French cristallin, via Latin from Greek krustallinos, from krustallos (see crystal).