nonmetal

[non-met-l]
noun Chemistry.
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.

Origin:
1865–70; non- + metal

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nonmetal (nɒnˈmɛtəl)
 
n
any of a number of chemical elements that form negative ions, have acidic oxides, and are generally poor conductors of heat and electricity

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Elements can generally be described as either metals or nonmetals.
It can be used to detect both metals and nonmetals in air.
Graphite has properties of both metals and nonmetals, which makes it suitable for many industrial applications.
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