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  • adj. describing the π-electrons in a conjugated, aromatic or mesoionic compound that are not associated with any particular atom or bond
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of delocalize.


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  • It didn't help that ultra-politically correct United Colors of Benetton got involved in a nasty conflict with "delocalized" Mapuche families in the early 2000s -- leading it to be known in many progressive quarters as United Colors of Land Grab.

    Pepe Escobar: Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

  • Theorists suggested that the volume collapse happens through changes in the electronic structure of the cerium atoms in which electrons bound to specific atoms under low pressure become "delocalized" (that is, free to move among the atoms) under high pressure. - latest science and technology news stories

  • In the case of cerium, however, pressure causes the atoms to shed some of their outermost electrons, making the electrons "delocalized".

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  • "delocalized" (that is, free to move among the atoms) under high pressure.


  • You watch as the waters begin to protrude, becoming a mass of hysterically delocalized pillars slithering upwards, outwards, onwards towards the shore.

    Faraday's Wave Garden

  • The null hypothesis being that the bonds are not delocalized (bond length) and that no ring current is found (NMR shifts, 1H in particular).

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • This version represents the delocalized aromatic pi-system as one IBond:

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • "Clearly, it would require a delocalized wavefunction."

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • It was a local point of view in coordinate space, in contrast to the emphasis on delocalized waves in momentum space, such as

    Walter Kohn - Autobiography

  • We lie culturally between the United States and England, and have, of course, a number of delocalized individuals who have, by accident or deliberately, adopted the traits of their neighbors.

    The Canadian Type


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