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- n. The act or process by which a substance in solidifying assumes the form and structure of a crystal, or becomes crystallized.
- n. The body formed by crystallizing; as, silver on precipitation forms arborescent crystallizations.
- n. The formation of a solid from a solution, melt, vapour or from a different solid phase
- n. The process or the result of becoming more definite or precise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- n. The mass or body formed by the process of crystallizing.
- n. Also spelled crystallisation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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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.