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nonmetal

[non-met-l]
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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.
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Origin of nonmetal

First recorded in 1865–70; non- + metal
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Historical Examples

  • That was no doubt light-matter, a non-metal, and as such, non-conductive to light.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • This mineral contains the metals aluminum and beryllium combined with the non-metal oxygen.

  • Many other reactions show that antimony has more of the properties of a metal than of a non-metal.


British Dictionary definitions for non-metal

nonmetal

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
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Word Origin and History for non-metal

also nonmetal, 1866, from non- + metal. Related: Non-metallic (1815).

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