- the quality that determines the number of atoms or groups with which any single atom or group will unite chemically.
- the relative combining capacity of an atom or group compared with that of the standard hydrogen atom. The chloride ion, Cl–, with a valence of one, has the capacity to unite with one atom of hydrogen or its equivalent, as in HCl or NaCl.
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Origin of valence
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH valencevalance, valence .
Words nearby valence
Definition for valence (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for valence
Napoleon soon, exulting in his new commission, repaired to Valence to join his regiment.
But Valence will beat you, child; he is four times as strong as you.
Re-embarking at four P. M., we reach Valence in about four hours.From the Oak to the Olive|Julia Ward Howe
By the time we reach Valence, soon after mid-day, we have passed one barge only.The Roof of France|Matilda Betham-Edwards
I was half-way to Valence when I discovered this breach of etiquette.