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1Having the structure and form of a crystal; composed of crystals:‘a crystalline rock’
- ‘As more of the chains are caused to line up in an ordered manner, the polymer becomes more crystalline.’
- ‘Haematite is iron oxide - a grey form of the mineral that has a larger crystalline structure than the more familiar red stuff, or rust.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cristobalite is a crystalline form of silica that has a diamondlike structure.’
- ‘Changing the state of a substance with asymmetric bonds requires more energy than a crystalline structure would.’
- ‘Many substances - particularly those with crystalline structures - form differently when in low gravity.’
- ‘This crystalline structure is an orderly arrangement of ions known as a crystal lattice.’
- ‘Silica exists in several crystalline forms, in a large number of colloidal forms, and as an amorphous solid.’
- ‘Even if a perfect crystal is not formed, the internal crystalline structure can be shown.’
- ‘At higher elevations on these mountains, the parent material is acid crystalline rock.’
- ‘Silicate minerals are classified primarily on the basis of their crystalline structure.’
- ‘When it precipitates in the gall bladder it forms crystalline solids called gallstones.’
- ‘Glass itself does not have a crystalline structure as minerals do.’
- ‘This usually leads to a physical structure that is crystalline in nature.’
- ‘Both are crystalline forms of sulfur, but their structures are slightly different.’
- ‘Crystal gems do not soak up water, because of their closely packed crystalline structure that does not permit water molecules to enter.’
- ‘Quartz and gypsum are other familiar examples of crystalline structures.’
- ‘They consist of metals and nonmetals bound together in a crystalline or non-crystalline structure.’
- ‘Although most small molecule drugs come as crystalline powders, only one protein pharmaceutical, insulin, is formulated thus.’
- 1.1literary Very clear:‘he writes a crystalline prose’
clear, transparent, limpid, crystal clear, crystalline, see-throughView synonyms
- ‘He credits this awesome landscape with inspiring many of the crystalline passages of prose that have illuminated his other books.’
- ‘How much more fun law school would be if the prose were crystalline!’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: from Old French cristallin, via Latin from Greek krustallinos, from krustallos (see crystal).
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