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

  • n. Any of a number of elements, such as oxygen or sulfur, that lack the physical and chemical properties of metals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an element, such as phosphorus or chlorine, that does not have the chemical or physical properties of a metal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of the set of elements which, as contrasted with the metals, possess, produce, or receive, acid rather than basic properties; a metalloid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In. n chem., an element which has not the character of a metal. See metalloid.

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

  • adj. not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  • n. a chemical element lacking typical metallic properties


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