liquid crystal Word Origin noun
- a liquid having certain crystalline characteristics, especially different optical properties in different directions when exposed to an electric field.
Origin of liquid crystal First recorded in 1890–95 British Dictionary definitions for liquid crystal liquid crystal noun
- a liquid that has some crystalline characteristics, such as the presence of different optical properties in different directions; a substance in a mesomorphic stateSee also smectic, nematic
liquid crystal in Science liquid crystal
- Any of various liquids in which molecules are regularly arrayed like a solid crystal along one or two dimensions, but are free in the other dimensions as with typical liquids. Liquid crystals often display unusual and often manipulable optical properties such as anisotropic scattering. See more at LCD.