nonmetal
noun Date: circa 1864 a chemical element (as boron, carbon, or nitrogen) that lacks the characteristics of a metal

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  • Nonmetal — Non met al, n. (Chem.) Any one of the set of elements which, as contrasted with the metals, possess, produce, or receive, acid rather than basic properties; a metalloid; as, oxygen, sulphur, and chlorine are nonmetals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • nonmetal — /non met l/, n. Chem. 1. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen. 2. an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution. [1865 70; NON + METAL] * * * ▪ chemistry       substance that does not exhibit… …   Universalium

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  • nonmetal — non·met·al ( )nän met əl n a chemical element (as boron, carbon, or nitrogen) that lacks the characteristics of a metal and that is able to form anions, acidic oxides, acids, and stable compounds with hydrogen * * * non·met·al (non metґəl)… …   Medical dictionary

  • nonmetal — nÉ‘n metl / nÉ’n n. chemical element without metallic properties …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nonmetal — non·metal …   English syllables

  • nonmetal — non•met•al [[t]nɒnˈmɛt l[/t]] n. 1) chem. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen 2) chem. an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution • Etymology: 1865–70 non me•tal′lic məˈtæl ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

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