- noun a small slice of quartz crystal which vibrates at a specific frequency, used as a very accurate clock signal for computer or other high-precision timing applications
- A homogeneous solid material with geometrically arranged outer surfaces, and a symmetrical internal structure. Crystals may be composed of atoms, molecules, or ions, and each has specific properties, such as index of refraction, hardness, and a unique crystal lattice. The applications of crystals in electronics are many, including their use in lasers, semiconductors, and in miniaturized components.
- A specific crystal fragment, such as quartz crystal, a piezoelectric crystal, or semiconductor crystal.
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