follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

nematic

[ni-mat-ik] /nɪˈmæt ɪk/
adjective, Physical Chemistry, (of liquid crystals)
1.
noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is linear.
Compare smectic.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; nemat- + -ic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for nematic

nematic

/nɪˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
(chem) (of a substance) existing in or having a mesomorphic state in which a linear orientation of the molecules causes anisotropic properties Compare smectic See also liquid crystal
Word Origin
C20: nemat(o)- (referring to the threadlike chains of molecules in liquid) + -ic
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 nematic

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nematic

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nematic