- consisting or made of crystal or crystals
- like crystal; clear or transparent
- having the structure of a crystal
Origin of crystallineMiddle English from Old French and L; Old French crystalin from Classical Latin crystallinus from Classical Greek krystallinos: see crystal
- Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.
- Resembling crystal, as in transparency or distinctness of structure or outline. See Synonyms at clear.
Origin of crystallineMiddle English cristallin from Old French from Latin crystallinus from Greek krustallinos from krustallos ice, crystal ; see kreus- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more crystalline, superlative most crystalline)
From Old French cristalin (“like crystal”)
crystalline - Computer Definition
Like a crystal. It refers to a uniform atomic structure throughout the entire material. For example, the silicon in most integrated circuits is crystalline (see crystalline silicon). In phase change optical discs, the spots (bits) on the recording layer that are crystalline allow a greater reflection of the laser beam than do the amorphous spots, which have a random atomic structure. Contrast with amorphous. See liquid crystal, phase change disc and phase change memory.