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noun Chemistry.
  1. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen.
  2. 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 nonmetal


  1. 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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