- Mineralogy. any of the largest group of mineral compounds, as quartz, beryl, garnet, feldspar, mica, and various kinds of clay, consisting of SiO2 or SiO4 groupings and one or more metallic ions, with some forms containing hydrogen. Silicates constitute well over 90 percent of the rock-forming minerals of the earth's crust.
- Chemistry. any salt derived from the silicic acids or from silica.
Origin of silicate
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Silicates, carbonates, sulphides, and sulphates are the most abundant salts.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
It is important to note one peculiarity about the solubility of silicates.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
Agalite and talc, which are silicates of magnesia, are also used.From Paper-mill to Pressroom
William Bond Wheelwright
They are silicates of lime and magnesia usually with aluminum and iron.Geology
William J. Miller
This well-known substance is essentially a mixture of silicates with an excess of silica or silicic acid.
- a salt or ester of silicic acid, esp one of a large number of usually insoluble salts with polymeric negative ions having a structure formed of tetrahedrons of SiO 4 groups linked in rings, chains, sheets, or three dimensional frameworks. Silicates constitute a large proportion of the earth's minerals and are present in cement and glass
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Word Origin and History for silicates
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- Any of numerous compounds containing silicon, oxygen, and one or more metals; a salt of silicic acid.
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- Any of a large class of chemical compounds composed of silicon, oxygen, and at least one metal. Most rocks and minerals are silicates.
- Any mineral containing the group SiO4, either isolated, or joined to other groups in chains, sheets, or three-dimensional groups with metal elements. Micas and feldspars are silicate minerals.
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Mica and quartz are silicates.
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