Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process by which the molecules of a substance which is in the state of a liquid (or vapor) unite in regular (crystalline) form when it solidifies by cooling or evaporation. If the process is slow and undisturbed, the molecules assume a regular arrangement, each substance taking a determinate form according to its natural laws; but if the process is rapid or disturbed, the external form may be more or less irregular. An amorphous solid body may also undergo partial crystallization by a molecular rearrangement, giving it a more or less complete crystalline structure, as, for instance, in the iron of a railroad-bridge after long use. See
- n. The mass or body formed by the process of crystallizing.
- n. Also spelled crystallisation.
- n. uncountable The act or process by which a substance in solidifying assumes the form and structure of a crystal, or becomes crystallized.
- n. countable The body formed by crystallizing; as, silver on precipitation forms arborescent crystallizations.
- n. uncountable, physics, chemistry The formation of a solid from a solution, melt, vapour or from a different solid phase
- n. countable The process or the result of becoming more definite or precise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem. & Min.) The act or process by which a substance in solidifying assumes the form and structure of a crystal, or becomes crystallized; the formation of crystals.
- n. The body formed by crystallizing.
- n. a rock formed by the solidification of a substance; has regularly repeating internal structure; external plane faces
- n. a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
- n. the formation of crystals
“Stendhal has written of what he calls the crystallization of a loving relationship.”
“The bond-forming process of crystallization is exothermic meaning that it releases heat energy.”
“I call crystallization that process of mind which discovers fresh perfections in its beloved at every turn of events.”
“For the chemist crystallization is the final goal in the preparation of a substance in pure form.”
“The jaundice is frequently caused by the insipidity of the bile, which does not stimulate the gall-bladder and bile-ducts into their due action; hence it stagnates in the gall-bladder, and produces a kind of crystallization, which is too large to pass into the intestines, blocks up the bile-duct, and occasions a long and painful disease.”
“Thus it is said, that life is nothing but the accretion of similar substances, or the addition of like unto like; and as this occurs in crystallization, which is confessedly a phenomenon of inorganic matter, therefore there is no fundamental difference between the properties of living and dead substances.”
“What our easily-distracted squadron of hockey 'experts' has seen in parsing every defensive shift of the Habs' last half-dozen games can only be described as a crystallization - this star was born long ago, but only now has it truly started shining brightly.”
“The team has determined that temperature can play a decisive role in determining which of two competing processes-called crystallization and dewetting-will "take the lead" when a semicrystalline polymer film hardens, thereby granting qualitatively different properties to the finished film.”
“What I have called crystallization is a mental process which draws from everything that happens new proofs of the perfection of the loved one.”
“It struck me that the ageing process is one of a general solidification, a kind of crystallization into a distinct shape, as the formlessness of youth gradually falls away to reveal the outline of the individual.”
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