|silicate (ˈsɪlɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)|
|a salt or ester of silicic acid, esp one of a large number of usually insoluble salts with polymeric negative ions having a structure formed of tetrahedrons of SiO4 groups linked in rings, chains, sheets, or three dimensional frameworks. Silicates constitute a large proportion of the earth's minerals and are present in cement and glass|
silicate sil·i·cate (sĭl'ĭ-kāt', -kĭt)
Any of numerous compounds containing silicon, oxygen, and one or more metals; a salt of silicic acid.
|silicate (sĭl'ĭ-kāt') Pronunciation Key
The main minerals found in many rocks. Silicates are composed of atoms of silicon, oxygen, and elements such as potassium, sodium, or calcium, under great heat and pressure. Silicates make up about one-quarter of the crust of the Earth.
Note: Mica and quartz are silicates.