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 grams/liter at 0°C and 760 millimeters pressure.
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.
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How to use neon in a sentence
There’s the neon GloFish with added fluorescence, which you can find at a pet store.What’s on the GMO menu: fast-growing salmon and slow-swimming tuna | Katie McLean | December 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Locked in animated conversation, they seem oblivious to the pulsating neon enticements of the surrounding dumpling houses and barbecue joints.Know when to fold ’em: How a company best known for playing games used A.I. to solve one of biology’s greatest mysteries | Jeremy Kahn | November 30, 2020 | Fortune
Dayna Marie, a petite, gravel-voiced 20-year-old with an ever-changing inventory of neon hair, would follow a few weeks later.
It was in an evenly windowed fourplex lined with neon shamrocks and various bits of Americana.
They were able to link neon colors to corals experiencing mild heat stress.Going bright may help corals recover from bleaching | Carolyn Wilke | June 25, 2020 | Science News For Students
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.
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 | Caitlin Dickson | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The neon Ceiling was the most challenging piece of work for me, it was like an independent movie for television, and I loved it.
On a boulevard with stacked neon-lit signs blanketing the buildings, Veatch finds the gaming arcade frequented by the Kims.‘Love Child’ Game Over: Internet Addicts Let Their Baby Starve to Death | Nina Strochlic | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tessa Miller | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nine identical High-Pocketses—all so tall they had to weave around the neon lights instead of ducking under them.Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
And then Lamb began to taste something like panic even as the first neon signs began to smear the wintry shadows.
neon, the ancestors of Brachylles, who were the most prominent in the party which favoured Macedonia.The Histories of Polybius, Vol. II (of 2) | Polybius
It took ten minutes to reach the tavern; a standard gin mill with a red neon sign proclaiming its presence."And That's How It Was, Officer" | Ralph Sholto
I even knocked out every red neon sign within two blocks of a traffic light.Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for neon
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 lamps: neon sign
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Scientific definitions for neon
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.
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