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

  • n. A rare, inert gaseous element occurring in the atmosphere to the extent of 18 parts per million and obtained by fractional distillation of liquid air. It is colorless but glows reddish orange in an electric discharge and is used in display and television tubes. Atomic number 10; atomic weight 20.180; melting point -248.67°C; boiling point -245.95°C. See Table at element.
  • n. A neon tetra.
  • n. An extremely bright color.
  • adj. Extremely bright or vivid; fluorescent: neon purple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chemical element (symbol Ne) with an atomic number of 10.
  • n. A form or sample of the element.
  • n. neon signs, collectively.
  • n. a neon tetra fish
  • adj. Extremely bright; fluorescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elementary substance occurring in gaseous form in the earth's atmosphere: atomic weight, 20.

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

  • n. a colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube; one of the six inert gasses; occurs in the air in small amounts

Etymologies

Greek, neuter of neos, new.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek νέον, neuter of νέος ("new"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Ne.

    Can be spelled with the Periodic Table of Elements symbols: NeON

    December 12, 2006