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#top Crystallization

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crystallization \Crys'tal*li*za"tion\ (kr[i^]s'tal*l[i^]*z[=a]"sh[u^]n), noun [Cf. F. cristallization.]

1. (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.

2. The body formed by crystallizing; as, silver on precipitation forms arborescent crystallizations.

1. {The Isometric system}, or {The Monometric system} has the axes all equal, as in the cube, octahedron, etc. 2. {The Tetragonal system}, or {The Dimetric system} has a varying vertical axis, while the lateral are equal, as in the right square prism. 3. {The Orthorhombic system}, or {The Trimetric system} has the three axes unequal, as in the rectangular and rhombic prism. In this system, the lateral axes are called, respectively, macrodiagonal and brachydiagonal. -- The preceding are erect forms, the axes intersecting at right angles. The following are oblique. 4. {The Monoclinic system}, having one of the intersections oblique, as in the oblique rhombic prism. In this system, the lateral axes are called respectively, clinodiagonal and orthodiagonal. 5. {The Triclinic system}, having all the three intersections oblique, as in the oblique rhomboidal prism. There is also: 6. {The Hexagonal system} (one division of which is called Rhombohedral), in which there are three equal lateral axes, and a vertical axis of variable length, as in the hexagonal prism and the rhombohedron.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

noun

1: the formation of crystals [syn: {crystallization}, {crystallisation}, {crystallizing}]