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  • n. Plural form of valence.


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  • This stereochemical concept rests on the original suggestion by van't Hoff of the tetrahedral arrangement of the four valences of the carbon atom (see Section 2), and most organic molecules exist in two or more stable conformations.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry

  • For the first prize in 1901 the Academy had to consider 20 nominations, but no less than 11 of these named van't Hoff, who was also chosen by the Committee for Chemistry. van't Hoff had already during his thesis work in Utrecht in 1874 published his suggestion that the carbon atom has its four valences directed towards the corners of a regular tetrahedron, a concept which is the very foundation of modern organic chemistry.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry

  • He's made handcrafted tables, faceplates, valences, and overhead consoles, usually from oak or maple, finishing them with the gloss that gives Kimball grand pianos and Fender guitars their shine.

    Andy Kroll: Unemployed: Stranded on the Sidelines of a Jobs Crisis

  • I realized the amazing power of the valences of Valentine's Day when I did my five-year stint as a psychotherapist and team leader at a residential treatment center years ago.

    Carol Smaldino: A Torn Valentine

  • I majored in chemistry, in part because it came more easily to me, and in part because I liked that the answers were either right or wrong, unlike in real life, where emotional valences count.

    Why does terrorism fascinate me? Because of the terror in my past.

  • A woman at the party was speaking loudly, maybe drunk, maybe sober, about valences.

    The Gin Closet

  • They advocate a G16 approach to getting the G8 out of its rut, integrating the emerging economies into an enlarged group that is nonetheless small enough to be effective; and they do so with an eye toward the moral valences of global governance that does not slip into the bloodless (and all too colonial, in effect if not intention) moralism of the G8's usual noblesse oblige.

    Scott Malcomson: Barack Obama Joins the Group of 20

  • In his original scheme the valences of the succeeding families, beginning with the carbon group, were 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, and 2.

    Meyer, Julius Lothar

  • Still, as sexual beings with distinct and immutable valences, nature hasdecreed a certain, primal, division which must be respected.

    GENDER RECONSTITUTION AMENDMENT - Equal Representation In The Senate

  • It has multiple valences; it has smell, touch, taste, and sight.

    The Tyranny of E-mail


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