- Chemistry. a chemically inert gaseous element occurring in small amounts in the earth's atmosphere, used chiefly in a type of electrical lamp. Symbol: Ne; atomic weight: 20.183; atomic number: 10; density: 0.9002 g/l at 0°C and 760 mm pressure.
- neon lamp.
- a sign or advertising sign formed from neon lamps.
- using or containing the gas neon.
- made of or formed by a neon lamp or lamps: a neon sign.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a tawdry urban district or of gaudy nighttime entertainment.
Origin of neon
Related Words for neonluminous, glowing, radiant, blazing, lambent, vivid, brilliant, shining, glossy, flashing, glitzy, razzle-dazzle, effulgent, gleaming
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Contemporary Examples of neon
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
But here they are, stage names spelled out in neon across the iconic marquee: MAPEI AND LYKKE LI.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
The Neon Ceiling was the most challenging piece of work for me, it was like an independent movie for television, and I loved it.The Unsinkable Lee Grant Sets the Record Straight
July 23, 2014
Chicken Bitches, now in a neon yellow bow wig and floral caftan, announces the final round: talent.And the Wiener Is…My Trip to Brooklyn’s Smallest Penis Pageant
June 16, 2014
That neon sign is as recognizable as the Hollywood sign to some.Roy Choi’s Favorite L.A. Food Trucks
May 9, 2014
Historical Examples of neon
Thus they picked up the remnant of Neon's party and returned to camp.Anabasis
Now Neon is better at real soccer than he is at video game soccer.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection
A fine conspirator I make, if she can see my emotions on me in neon capitals!Industrial Revolution
Poul William Anderson
If Las Vegas was spectacular by day, it was a neon nightmare after dark.The Scarlet Lake Mystery
Harold Leland Goodwin
They are so inactive that possibly they never will be, with one exception, and that is neon.Marvels of Scientific Invention
Thomas W. Corbin
- a colourless odourless rare gaseous element, an inert gas occurring in trace amounts in the atmosphere: used in illuminated signs and lights. Symbol: Ne; atomic no: 10; atomic wt: 20.1797; valency: 0; density: 0.899 90 kg/m³; melting pt: –248.59°C; boiling pt: –246.08°C
- (modifier) of or illuminated by neon or neon lampsneon sign
Word Origin for neon
Word Origin and History for neon
1898, coined by its discoverers, Sir William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers, from Greek neon, neuter of neos "new" (see new); so called because it was newly discovered. Neon sign is attested from 1927.
- A rare inert colorless gaseous element that occurs in air and glows reddish orange in an electric discharge. Atomic number 10.
- A rare colorless element in the noble gas group that occurs naturally in extremely small amounts in the atmosphere. It glows reddish orange when electricity passes through it, as in a tube in an electric neon light. Neon is also used for refrigeration. Atomic number 10; atomic weight 20.180; melting point -248.67°C; boiling point -245.95°C. See Periodic Table.