Definition of crystal set in English:

crystal set

Line breaks: crys|tal set
(also crystal radio)


  • A simple early form of radio receiver with a crystal touching a metal wire as the rectifier (instead of a valve or transistor), and no amplifier or loudspeaker, necessitating headphones or an earphone.
    More example sentences
    • His enquiring mind made itself obvious very early on, when he put together the forerunner to AM stereo radio in a crystal set at home, when he was only 11 years old.
    • He puts together a simple crystal radio locked on the single station, and arranges to smuggle dozens of them into the Project.
    • I remember Pop telling me about listening with a crystal radio receiver, which involved a coil made by wrapping wire around a cylindrical container.

More definitions of crystal set

Definition of crystal set in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
used to address an English nobleman