Definition of crystalline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪst(ə)lʌɪn/


1Having the structure and form of a crystal; composed of crystals: a crystalline rock
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  • 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.
1.1 literary Very clear: he writes a crystalline prose
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /krɪst(ə)ˈlɪnɪti/
Example sentences
  • The process controls the size, shape and crystallinity of particles - improving the effectiveness of products from inhalants to water-insoluble drugs.
  • Upon compression, a cholesterol film transforms from a monolayer of trigonal symmetry and low crystallinity to a trilayer, composed of a highly crystalline bilayer in a rectangular lattice and a disordered top cholesterol layer.
  • The intermediate layer provides an improvement to the crystallinity of the ferroelectric layer which results in enhanced performance to the transistor, for example the turn-on voltage.


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

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