follow Dictionary.com

9 Grammatical Pitfalls

nonmetal

[non-met-l] /nɒnˈmɛt 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 of nonmetal
1865-1870
1865-70; non- + metal
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for nonmetals
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for nonmetals

nonmetal

/nɒnˈmɛtəl/
noun
1.
any of a number of chemical elements that form negative ions, have acidic oxides, and are generally poor conductors of heat and electricity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for nonmetal

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nonmetals

11
15
Scrabble Words With Friends