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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as valence, 1.
  • noun A single unit of combining capacity. Thus, carbon is said to have four valencies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See valence.
  • noun A unit of combining power; a so-called bond of affinity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun graph theory The number of edges connected to a vertex in a graph
  • noun chemistry valence
  • noun linguistics The capacity of a verb to take a specific number of arguments

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

  • noun the phenomenon of forming chemical bonds
  • noun (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate
  • noun (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)

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