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noun Chemistry.
  1. the electrostatic bond between two ions formed through the transfer of one or more electrons.

Origin of ionic bond

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called electrovalence, electrovalent bond.

electrovalence

[ih-lek-troh-vey-luh ns]
noun Chemistry.
  1. Also called polar valence. the valence of an ion, equal to the number of positive or negative charges acquired by an atom through a loss or gain of electrons.
  2. Also called electrovalent bond. ionic bond.
Also e·lec·tro·va·len·cy.

Origin of electrovalence

First recorded in 1920–25; electro(n) + valence
Related formse·lec·tro·va·lent, adjectivee·lec·tro·va·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for electrovalent bond

electrovalent bond

noun
  1. a type of chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains the electron to form a negative ion. The resulting ions are held together by electrostatic attractionAlso called: ionic bond Compare covalent bond

ionic bond

noun
  1. another name for electrovalent bond
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electrovalent bond in Science

ionic bond

[ī-ŏnĭk]
  1. A chemical bond formed between two ions with opposite charges. Ionic bonds form when one atom gives up one or more electrons to another atom. These bonds can form between a pair of atoms or between molecules and are the type of bond found in salts.
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electrovalent bond in Culture

ionic bond

[(eye-on-ik)]

A chemical bond in which one atom gives up an electron to another, thereby generating an electrical force that holds the atoms together.

Note

Many crystals are held together by ionic bonds.
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