from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. that proportional weight, usually referred to hydrogen as a standard, and for each element fixed and exact, by which an element unites with another to form a distinct compound. The combining weights either are identical with, or are multiples or submultiples of, the atomic weight. See Atomic weight, under Atomic, a.
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- n. the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard is 8 for oxygen
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