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[nee-on] /ˈni ɒn/
Chemistry. a chemically inert gaseous element occurring in small amounts in the earth's atmosphere, used chiefly in a type of electrical lamp. Symbol: Ne; atomic weight: 20.183; atomic number: 10; density: 0.9002 g/l at 0°C and 760 mm pressure.
a sign or advertising sign formed from neon lamps.
using or containing the gas neon.
made of or formed by a neon lamp or lamps:
a neon sign.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a tawdry urban district or of gaudy nighttime entertainment.
Origin of neon
1895-1900; < New Latin < Greek néon new, recent (neuter of néos); see -on1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for neon
  • Right now fall is favoring cool-factor shocks of bright, neon colors.
  • In some villages there are still coin-operated threshing machines next to neon coffee-vending machines.
  • The speed creates friction that heats up atmospheric gases and causes them to glow in much the same manner as neon signs.
  • The eye-catching motels, with their beckoning neon signs, are a stylistic extension of the boardwalk.
  • Glowworms are tiny insects that attract prey into sticky, single-strand webs through bioluminescence, a cool blue neon glow.
  • Gas stations are illegal within city limits as are neon signs and billboards.
  • Square brought squeals of delight when the kids spotted themselves on an enormous digital billboard amid the bright neon signs.
  • Loud music seeps from blue-glowing bars, neon light spills onto icy sidewalks, the lanes are crusted with road salt.
  • Don't get boring, but stop short of adding those neon green colors to your resume.
  • He wore baggy painter's pants, high-top sneakers with the neon laces undone and an oversize sweatshirt.
British Dictionary definitions for neon


a colourless odourless rare gaseous element, an inert gas occurring in trace amounts in the atmosphere: used in illuminated signs and lights. Symbol: Ne; atomic no: 10; atomic wt: 20.1797; valency: 0; density: 0.899 90 kg/m³; melting pt: –248.59°C; boiling pt: –246.08°C
(modifier) of or illuminated by neon or neon lamps: neon sign
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek neon new
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Word Origin and History for neon

1898, coined by its discoverers, Sir William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers, from Greek neon, neuter of neos "new" (see new); so called because it was newly discovered. Neon sign is attested from 1927.

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neon in Medicine

neon ne·on (nē'ŏn')
Symbol Ne
A rare inert colorless gaseous element that occurs in air and glows reddish orange in an electric discharge. Atomic number 10; atomic weight 20.180; melting point -248.59°C; boiling point -246.08°C.

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neon in Science
Symbol Ne
A rare colorless element in the noble gas group that occurs naturally in extremely small amounts in the atmosphere. It glows reddish orange when electricity passes through it, as in a tube in an electric neon light. Neon is also used for refrigeration. Atomic number 10; atomic weight 20.180; melting point -248.67°C; boiling point -245.95°C. See Periodic Table.
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neon in Technology

Charles Duff. An object-oriented extension of FORTH, for the Mac. Inheritance, SANE floating-point, system classes and objects for Mac interfacing, overlays. Sold by Kriya Systems, 1985-1988. Modified, made PD and renamed Yerk.

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