crystalline crystalline  /ˈkrɪ stə ˌlaɪn/


  1. (adj) distinctly or sharply outlined
  2. (adj) transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  3. (adj) consisting of or containing or of the nature of crystals


  1. The mercury in amalgam, it turns out, is not free, but mixed with silver, tin and copper, metals to which it bonds chemically to form a crystalline metallic and safe alloy.
  2. Their country has an overabundance of coca leaves, from which the white-crystalline-powdered drug is refined.
  3. He arrived as the crystalline, free-floating essence of an idea or stance.


  1. Art spotlight: Glass at the Swedish Institute

    Swedish glass art, part of exhibint at Swedish Institute, "Pull, Twist, Blow." Opens Saturday: Famous for their elegant hand-blown goblets and other tableware, Swedish glass artists are experimenting with new forms of crystalline fantasy.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. SolarWorld Urges Industry to Respond to Reports of Rising Solar-Panel Defect Rates

    Today, SolarWorld called on the world solar industry to establish, embrace and promote an industry-wide acceptable quality limit for production of crystalline silicon solar panels sold within the U.S.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Breathtaking Colorful Beaches

    Sure, white sand and crystalline waters are great, but beaches can come in all shades of the rainbow. We've added these 12 waterfronts to our travel bucket lists...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. "The crystalline top of the tower bows down to the memorial park commemorating the tragic events that unfolded here," said Lord Foster. "But it is also a powerful symbol of hope for the future."
    on Sep 7, 2006 By: Lord Norman Foster Source: Buzzle

  2. "Thank you for your incredible leadership; you make this crystalline for those who don't either understand it or want to understand it," gushed Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., who went on to ask: "Will you join me this summer at the Jersey Shore?"
    on Jan 29, 2009 By: Robert Menendez Source: The Tennessean

  3. "I would accord more respectful treatment to the proceedings and disposition of state courts that sought diligently to adhere to our changing, less than crystalline precedent," Justice Ginsburg said in an opinion that Justices Scalia and Thomas...
    on Feb 20, 2007 By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: New York Times

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