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[ non-muh-tal-ik ]
/ ˌnɒn məˈtæl ɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

of or relating to a nonmetal.
not of a metallic quality: a nonmetallic appearance.

Nearby words

nonmaterial culture, nonmedical, nonmedullated fiber, nonmember, nonmetal, nonmetallic, nonmiscible, nonmonetary advantages, nonmoral, nonmorally, nonnasal

Origin of nonmetallic

First recorded in 1805–15; non- + metallic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonmetallic

  • Both metals and nonmetallic substances have been employed either in colloidal form or in combination with organic radicals.

    The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2|Various
  • All the metals could be arranged under such a classification, as also the nonmetallic products.

  • Directly, because there was no other way he could move about on a nonmetallic asteroid.

    Anchorite|Randall Garrett
  • The country's mountains contain a variety of metallic and nonmetallic minerals.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for nonmetallic


/ (ˌnɒnmɪˈtælɪk) /


not of metal
of, concerned with, or being a nonmetal
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