noun Chemistry.

an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen.
an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution.

Origin of nonmetal

First recorded in 1865–70; non- + metal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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