from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to form crystals or assume a crystalline structure.
- transitive v. To give a definite, precise, and usually permanent form to: The scientists finally crystallized their ideas about the role of the protein.
- transitive v. To coat with crystals, as of sugar.
- intransitive v. To assume a crystalline form.
- intransitive v. To take on a definite, precise, and usually permanent form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to make something form into crystals
- v. to assume a crystalline form
- v. to give something a definite or precise form
- v. to take a definite form
- v. to coat something with crystals, especially with sugar
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be converted into a crystal; to take on a crystalline form, through the action of crystallogenic or cohesive attraction; to precipitate from a solution in the form of crystals.
- transitive v. To cause to form crystals, or to assume the crystalline form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to assume a crystalline structure or shape; form into crystals: often used figuratively.
- To change to the state of crystal.
- To be converted into a crystal; unite, as the separate particles of a substance, and form a regular solid.
- Figuratively— To assume a definite form and fixity, as an opinion, view, or idea, at first indeterminate or vague; take substantial and definite shape: as, public opinion on this subject is beginning to crystallize.
- To assume (as a number of opinions, views, or ideas, at first unsettled or diverse) a definite form, and become concentrated upon or collected round a given subject.
- Also spelled crystallise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form
- v. assume crystalline form; become crystallized
- v. cause to take on a definite and clear shape
- v. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
_ I felt the idea crystallize, come home to roost, whatever the hell it is goofy ideas do.
Mr. Reesling was silent for a long time, letting the idea crystallize, so to speak.
According to Woese and colleagues, the Darwinian threshold is the point in evolutionary history when the three domains, Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya, "crystallize" (Woese's term, 1998) their cellular architectures, which then become refractory to HGT.
“It did kind of crystallize things,” said Mr. Webb, 26.
It has been ten months since I last cashed in an option; a year since I last fired an employee to "enhance shareholder value," and 11 months since I sold the company to "crystallize" that value.
"It did kind of crystallize things," said Mr. Webb,
He said Layton will "crystallize" the distinctions between Conservatives and the New Democrats.
Alas, the plans did not crystallize and to this day the Salvotini and the Thriller families remain in their corner of Morrison's Limbo.
The talking points are meant to compliment those efforts, and crystallize the evolving Dem operation's central message.
Obama needs a gas prices platform to crystallize that he stands for cleaner energy and cheaper energy.
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