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

  • n. A compound of phosphorus and a more electropositive element or radical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any binary compound of phosphorus, especially one in oxidation state −3.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A binary compound of phosphorus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A combination of phosphorus with a single element: as, phosphide of iron or copper.


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  • Using concentrated sunlight focused onto a small 5 mm² multi-junction solar cell made out of GaInP/GaInAs/Ge (gallium indium phosphide, gallium indium arsenide on a germanium substrate (whew!)).

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  • Poisons like Compound 1080 and zinc phosphide can take hours or even days to take effect -- a prolonged, agonizing death.

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  • One difference is that Intel is constructing lasers as well as other optical components from silicon — though aided with indium phosphide — a tricky task that the company argues is essential for making optical connections that will be affordable for consumer products.

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  • Many optical components are typically constructed using materials such as gallium arsenide and indium phosphide.

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  • Indium, as indium phosphide, is used to make photovoltaic devices (devices that transform light energy into electricity), semi-conductors, high-speed transistors, specialized solders and metal alloys.


  • Gallium arsenide can be used to make photovoltaic cells and LCDs in place of indium phosphide.


  • N jess *happinded* 2 b noein dat da kimmickle 4myooluh 4 sertin LEDz (yeller, I finksew) b GaAsP (gallium arsenide phosphide)

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  • But Mr. Young contends that Luxtera researchers actually were the first to top the performance of indium-phosphide photo detectors in research results published more than a year ago.

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