Dictionary.com

nonmetal

[ non-met-l ]
/ nɒnˈmɛt l /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of nonmetal

First recorded in 1865–70; non- + metal
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use nonmetal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nonmetal

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK