- a compound in which oxygen is bonded to one or more electropositive atoms.
Also ox·id [ok-sid] /ˈɒk sɪd/.
Origin of oxide
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The zirconium alloy will react with water to produce hydrogen and oxide, but it also produces heat that has to be removed.Japan Nuclear Crisis: What Is a Full Meltdown?
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It was claimed that in this way the presence of specks of oxide was avoided.On Laboratory Arts
In general, then, an oxide is a compound of oxygen with another element.
If more hydrogen is admitted, some of the oxide will be reduced to metal.
Iron, for example, occurs largely in the form of the oxide Fe2O3.
It is composed of silica, alumina, carbonate of lime, magnesia and oxide of iron.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- any compound of oxygen with another element
- any organic compound in which an oxygen atom is bound to two alkyl or aryl groups; an ether or epoxide
C18: from French, from ox (ygène) + (ac) ide; see oxygen, acid
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Word Origin and History for oxide
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- A binary compound of an element or radical with oxygen.
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- A compound of oxygen and another element or radical. Water (H2O) is an oxide.
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