quartz meaning

[ kwɔ:ts ] Pronunciation:   "quartz" in a sentence
  • Noun: quartz  kworts
    1. Colourless glass made of almost pure silica
      - quartz glass, vitreous silica, lechatelierite, crystal 
    2. A hard glossy mineral consisting of silicon dioxide in crystal form; present in most rocks (especially sandstone and granite); yellow sand is quartz with iron oxide impurities

    Sounds like: courts, quarts

    Derived forms: quartzes

    See also: quartzose

    Type of: mineral, natural glass

    Encyclopedia: Quartz

  • [Architecture]

    The most abundant form of mineral silica; very hard, will scratch glass.

  • [Electronics]
    A mineral that is a variety of natural silicon dioxide, or an artificially grown material of the same sort. In the natural state, quartz occurs in hexagonal crystals having pyramidal ends. It has various uses in electronics; one of the most common is the manufacture of piezoelectric crystals.

  • [Medicine]
    Quartz (SiO2). A glassy or crystalline form of silicon dioxide. Many colored varieties are semiprecious stones. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary,5th ed) n : a mineral SiO2 consisting of a silica that occurs in colorless and transparent or colored hexagonal crystals and also in crystalline masses


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  1. quartzes and rock salt have the highest conductivities.
  2. the material for the threads is spider web or quartz fibers.
  3. a crystal is cut from quartz.
  4. well-sorted quartz sandstones are generally not very abundant.
  5. it looks like quartz crystals sticking up out of the dark hollow.

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