Definitions

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  • n. The non-metallic chemical element silicon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See silicon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as silicon.

Etymologies

From Latin silicium, from silex ("flint") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The escapement is the regulating organ of the watch, and at the heart of this new creation, the constant escapement is a blade of silicium, finer than a human hair.

    Style: Timing Is Everything

  • So long before being forwarded to Tampa Town, the iron ore, molten in the great furnaces of Coldspring, and brought into contact with coal and silicium heated to a high temperature, was carburized and transformed into cast iron.

    From the Earth to the Moon

  • While the large presence of silicium and aluminum-compounds improves the quality of slate, its quality is impaired by the presence of lime, pyrites and carbon in higher quantities.

    1. Technical requirements for Asbestos substitutes

  • My own experience leads me to think that a cast iron having about 3 per cent. of carbon, a small per centage of phosphorus, say about ½ of 1 per cent., and very small quantities of silicium, the less the better, and traces of manganese

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882

  • The two elements to be avoided by the founder are silicium and sulphur.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882

  • To him also is due the isolation of the elements yttrium, beryllium, and titanium, the observation that silicium can be obtained in crystals, and that some meteoric stones contain organic matter.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882

  • United by a rivalry which would have divided less noble minds, these two great chemists carried on together their researches in chemistry, and joined their forces to clear up points still obscure in the history of boron, silicium, and the metals of the platinum group, and remained closely united, which each year only strengthened.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882

  • Wöhler and Sainte Claire Deville discovered the crystalline form of boron, and Wöhler and Buff the hydrogen compounds of silicium and a lower oxide of the same element.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882

  • Experiments in regard to the relation between chemical composition and strength of the material have established that a large amount of silicium, graphite, manganese, and combined carbon reduce the elasticity, strength, and tenacity of cast iron, and that a limited percentage of silicium counteracts the injurious influence produced by an excess of combined carbon.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 483, April 4, 1885

  • It also was observed that the more manganese the iron contains the less readily the percentage of silicium is diminished; and since manganese is more subject to oxidation than silicium, it is capable to reduce silicic acid of the slag or lining to metal, and thus to augment the amount of silicium in cast iron.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 483, April 4, 1885

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