- silicified wood,
- silicon alley,
- silicon carbide,
- silicon chip,
- silicon dioxide,
- silicon fen
Origin of silicon
Examples from the Web for silicon
A brilliant Silicon Valley entrepreneur may have found a way to get dark money out of politics without changing any laws.
Greer is a young, entrepreneurial, poker-loving Texan who ended up in Silicon Valley.
In Silicon Valley proper, that number increases to $108,603, marking a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months|Samantha Allen|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Normally Democratic Silicon Valley opened up its wallets to the Republicans this time out.
South of Silicon Valley, an entire town is being deformed, slowly, by plate tectonics.
It had to examine every relatively nearby object for a constitution of silicon bronze and a rounded shape.The Aliens|Murray Leinster
As the silicon could not come directly from the carbon which surrounded the platinum, MM.
Fluoride of silicon is a gas not easily condensed to a liquid: but is immediately decomposed by water or moist air.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
We're carbon, and our waste is carbon dioxide, and this thing is silicon, and its waste is silicon dioxide—silica.A Martian Odyssey|Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
An oxide of silicon, like quartz in composition except that it is combined with a varying 335 amount of water.Geology|William J. Miller
- a brittle metalloid element that exists in two allotropic forms; occurs principally in sand, quartz, granite, feldspar, and clay. It is usually a grey crystalline solid but is also found as a brown amorphous powder. It is used in transistors, rectifiers, solar cells, and alloys. Its compounds are widely used in glass manufacture, the building industry, and in the form of silicones. Symbol: Si; atomic no: 14; atomic wt: 28.0855; valency: 4; relative density: 2.33; melting pt: 1414°C; boiling pt: 3267°C
- (modifier; sometimes capital)denoting an area of a country that contains a density of high-technology industry
Word Origin for silicon
nonmetallic element, 1817, coined by British chemist Thomas Thomson from silica (silicon dioxide), from which it was isolated. The name is patterned on carbon, etc. Silicon chip first attested 1965; Silicon Valley for the Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco, U.S., first attested 1974, from the concentration of manufacturers of silicon chips used in computers, watches, etc.