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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of crystallise.

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  • adjective having become fixed and definite in form


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  • “Moping herself to death”: the phrase crystallised in his brain with such suddenness that he said it aloud.

    Maurice Guest 2003

  • Since the idea crystallised five years ago, Sussman has been travelling the globe with one aim in mind: to photograph the oldest living things in the world.

    The oldest living organisms: ancient survivors with a fragile future 2010

  • Labour trouble in Great Britain turns wholly upon the idea crystallised in the one word "profiteer."

    War and the future: Italy, France and Britain at war 1906

  • They found that 40% of the variation in knowledge (called "crystallised intelligence" by the researchers) and 51% of the variation in problem-solving skills ("fluid-type intelligence") between individuals could be accounted for by the differences in DNA.

    The Guardian World News Alok Jha 2011

  • This word crystallised everything I had been feeling for years.

    openDemocracy Paul Kingsnorth 2010

  • My perspective here is to make them more so, not to create a separate universe where they are held in a kind of crystallised suspension, which might be understood or felt by some to be patrionising and limiting in its own way.

    Being Cruel To Be Kind « Tales from the Reading Room 2009

  • She noticed also that the sugar was of the 'crystallised' kind, and was in a curiously chiselled silver bowl.

    The White Sister 1881

  • They say there is evidence that memory training can improve fluid intelligence in adults, but whether it can improve acquired skills, such as crystallised intelligence and academic attainment, has yet to be established.

    unknown title 2009

  • Whatever way I may act, I must first settle with my crystallised criteria.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters 2010

  • These criteria, I say, became crystallised, became automatic in my thought processes.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters 2010


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