nonmetal

[ non-met-l ]
/ nɒnˈmɛt l /

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.

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Origin of nonmetal

First recorded in 1865–70; non- + metal
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British Dictionary definitions for non-metal

nonmetal
/ (nɒnˈmɛtəl) /

noun

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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