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[sil-uh-sahyd, -sid]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a compound of two elements, one of which is silicon.
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Origin of silicide

1865–70; silic(on) + -ide
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Historical Examples of silicide

  • Carborundum, or silicide of carbon, is largely superseding emery and diamond dust as an abradant.

    The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.

    Edward W. Byrn

  • It combines with iron to form a silicide; and is present in this condition in cast iron.

  • The most important one is carborundum, which is a silicide of carbon of the formula CSi.

British Dictionary definitions for silicide


  1. any one of a class of binary compounds formed between silicon and certain metals
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