Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nonmetallic element, such as arsenic, that has some of the chemical properties of a metal.
  • n. A nonmetallic element, such as carbon, that can form an alloy with metals.
  • adj. Relating to or having the properties of a metalloid.
  • adj. Having the appearance of a metal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An element, such as silicon or germanium, intermediate in properties between that of a metal and a nonmetal; especially one that exhibits the external characteristics of a metal, but behaves chemically more as a nonmetal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the appearance of a metal.
  • adj. Having the properties of a nonmetal; nonmetallic; acid; negative.
  • n. Formerly, the metallic base of a fixed alkali, or alkaline earth; -- applied by Sir Humphrey Davy to sodium, potassium, and some other metallic substances whose metallic character was supposed to be not well defined.
  • n. Now, one of several elementary substances which in the free state are unlike metals, and whose compounds possess or produce acid, rather than basic, properties; a nonmetal; , are metalloids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to metalloids; like metal; having the form or appearance of a metal.
  • n. In chem., a term which has been variously applied: as
  • n. to the metallic bases of the fixed alkalis and alkaline earths, probably in consequence of their low specific gravity; and
  • n. to all the non-metallic elementary substances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or being a nonmetallic element that has some of the properties of metal

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Silicon is a chemical element with the metalloid, meaning that it has a silver shine to it, and that it is a moderate conductor, and shares some other properties of non-metals.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Purser Hardy Dickens heard only the incessant tapping of metalloid bodies against metalloid walls, a reminder of the endless droning of days of his last hundred or so years of life aboard the Interplanetary Love Ship.

    CYCLES • by Stephen V. Ramey

  • As a metalloid, arsenic is a semiconductor, like silicon.

    Arsenic

  • Arsenic is an element (atomic number 33) classed as a semi-metal or metalloid.

    Arsenic

  • Unconcerned by the shifting tide of traffic advancing toward him across the blackened beach of this urban nightmare, he watched the luminous sun melt into the metalloid dreams of Bay City.

    Information, Culture, Policy, Education: Books

  • Despite its metallic appearance, it is not considered a metal, but a metalloid.

    Germanium

  • Silicon, atomic number of 14, is a semi-metallic or metalloid, because it has several of the metallic characteristics.

    Silicon

  • I have not been pumping any metal, nor even an alloy, metalloid or compound...not even an nonferrous metal...the most I've pumped is my hand lotion dispenser, and I'm pretty sure that's a polymer

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • The headbands of men glittered, their tunics were of shimmering metalloid mesh, colorful trousers banded with gold went into soft half-boots.

    Starfarers

  • Millions of years ago, after the Night of Demons when the Elder Gods had to smite themselves into ‘sleep,’ the somewhat metalloid Hell Creatures hurriedly invaded Earth and took over the vast network of tunnels which the Elder Gods had built to honeycomb the planet.

    The Book of the SubGenius

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.