from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a class of organic or inorganic chemical compounds of silicon, oxygen, and usually carbon and hydrogen, based on the structural unit R2SiO, where R is an alkyl group, usually methyl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of a class of compound having a short repeating unit of silicon and oxygen atoms (either in a chain or a ring) with organic side chains
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a large class of compounds that have alternate silicon and oxygen atoms
sil(icon) + ox(ygen) + (meth)ane.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from silicon + oxygen + alkane (Wiktionary)