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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or relating to a nonmetal.
  2. not of a metallic quality: a nonmetallic appearance.
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Origin of nonmetallic

First recorded in 1805–15; non- + metallic
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Historical Examples of nonmetallic

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


    Randall Garrett

  • All the metals could be arranged under such a classification, as also the nonmetallic products.

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

  • 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


  1. not of metal
  2. of, concerned with, or being a nonmetal
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