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crystal ball

n.
1. A globe of quartz crystal or glass in which images, especially those believed to portend the future, are supposedly visible to fortune tellers.
2. A vehicle or technique for making predictions.

crystal ball

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the glass globe used in crystal gazing

crys′tal ball′


n.
1. a glass ball used in crystal gazing.
2. a method or means of predicting the future.
[1850–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crystal ball - a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellerscrystal ball - a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers
globe, orb, ball - an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
Translations
كُرة بلّورية
křišťálová koule
krystalkugle
kristallipallo
kristálygömb
kristalkúla, spákúla
kristal küre

crystal ball

nsfera di cristallo

crystal

(ˈkristl) noun
1. a small part of a solid substance (eg salt or ice) which has a regular shape.
2. a special kind of very clear glass. This bowl is made of crystal.
ˈcrystalline (-lain) adjective
(of minerals etc) formed into crystals. Salt is a crystalline substance.
ˈcrystallize, ˈcrystallise verb
1. to form (into) crystals. He crystallized the salt from the sea water.
2. to cover with a coating of sugar crystals. crystallized fruits.
3. to make or become definite or clear. He tried to crystallize his ideas.
ˌcrystalliˈzation, ˌcrystalliˈsation noun
crystal ball
a glass ball used in fortune-telling.
crystal clear
absolutely clear. My instructions were crystal clear.
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To faciliate his crimes, White carried with him a small black leather pouch that contained a crucifix, a pack of John Waddington playing cards and a pair of crystal balls, one of which stood on a star-shaped crystal base.
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Well, despite some miscalculations by others, it still is important for us to peer into our crystal balls (however cloudy they may be) or read the tea leaves (however confusing they may be) and try to discern the future.
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