Symbol, Chemistry.

Definition for ce (2 of 5)



buyer's risk.

Origin of c.e.

From the Latin word cāveat emptor may the buyer beware

Definition for ce (3 of 5)



compass error.

Definition for ce (4 of 5)


Chemical Engineer.
chief engineer.
Church of England.
Civil Engineer.
(in the) Common Era.
Corps of Engineers.

Definition for ce (5 of 5)


a multiplicative suffix occurring in once, twice, thrice.

Origin of -ce

Middle English, Old English -es adv. suffix, orig. genitive singular ending; see -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for ce (1 of 2)


the chemical symbol for


British Dictionary definitions for ce (2 of 2)


abbreviation for

chief engineer
Church of England
civil engineer
Common Entrance
Common Era
Communauté Européenne (European Union)
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Word Origin and History for ce


as an abbreviation for "Common Era" or "Christian Era," and a non-Christian alternative to A.D., attested from 1838 in works on Jewish history. Companion B.C.E. is attested from 1881.

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Medicine definitions for ce


The symbol for the elementcerium
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Science definitions for ce (1 of 3)


The symbol for cerium.

Science definitions for ce (2 of 3)


Abbreviation for Common Era.

Science definitions for ce (3 of 3)


[ sîrē-əm ]


A shiny, gray metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is ductile and malleable and is used in electronic components, alloys, and lighter flints. It is also used in glass polishing, as a catalyst in self-cleaning ovens, and in various nuclear applications. Atomic number 58; atomic weight 140.12; melting point 795°C; boiling point 3,468°C; specific gravity 6.67 to 8.23; valence 3, 4. See Periodic Table.
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