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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crystalline  \Crys"tal*line\  (kr?s"tal-l?n  or  -l?n;  277),  a.  [L. 
  crystallinus  from  Gr  ????:  cf  F.  cristallin.  See 
  {Crystal}.] 
  1.  Consisting,  or  made  of  crystal. 
 
  Mount,  eagle,  to  my  palace  crystalline.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Formed  by  crystallization;  like  crystal  in  texture. 
 
  Their  crystalline  structure.  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  Imperfectly  crystallized;  as  granite  is  only  crystalline, 
  while  quartz  crystal  is  perfectly  crystallized. 
 
  4.  Fig.:  Resembling  crystal;  pure;  transparent;  pellucid. 
  ``The  crystalline  sky.''  --Milton. 
 
  {Crystalline  heavens},  or  {Crystalline  spheres},  in  the 
  Ptolemaic  system  of  astronomy,  two  transparent  spheres 
  imagined  to  exist  between  the  region  of  the  fixed  stars 
  and  the  primum  mobile  (or  outer  circle  of  the  heavens, 
  which  by  its  motion  was  supposed  to  carry  round  all  those 
  within  it),  in  order  to  explain  certain  movements  of  the 
  heavenly  bodies. 
 
  {Crystalline  lens}  (Anat.),  the  capsular  lenslike  body  in  the 
  eye,  serving  to  focus  the  rays  of  light.  It  consists  of 
  rodlike  cells  derived  from  the  external  embryonic 
  epithelium. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crystalline  \Crys"tal*line\,  n. 
  1.  A  crystalline  substance. 
 
  2.  See  {Aniline}.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crystalline 
  adj  1:  consisting  of  or  containing  or  of  the  nature  of  crystals; 
  "granite  is  crystalline"  [ant:  {noncrystalline}] 
  2:  distinctly  or  sharply  outlined;  "crystalline  sharpness  of 
  outline"-  John  Buchan 
  3:  transmitting  light;  able  to  be  seen  through  with  clarity; 
  "the  cold  crystalline  water  of  melted  snow";  "crystal 
  clear  skies";  "could  see  the  sand  on  the  bottom  of  the 
  limpid  pool";  "lucid  air";  "a  pellucid  brook"; 
  "transparent  cristal"  [syn:  {crystal  clear},  {limpid},  {lucid}, 
  {pellucid},  {transparent}] 




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