the bond formed by the sharing of a pair of electrons by two atoms.
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Origin of covalent bond
First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for covalent bond
a type of chemical bond involving the sharing of electrons between atoms in a molecule, esp the sharing of a pair of electrons by two adjacent atoms
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Medicine definitions for covalent bond
A chemical bond formed by the sharing of one or more electrons, especially pairs of electrons, between atoms.
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Science definitions for covalent bond
[ kō-vā′lənt ]
A chemical bond formed when electrons are shared between two atoms. Usually each atom contributes one electron to form a pair of electrons that are shared by both atoms. See more at coordinate bond double bond polar bond.
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Culture definitions for covalent bond
[ (koh-vay-luhnt) ]
Many molecules in living systems are held together by covalent bonds.
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