An element (e.g., germanium or silicon) whose properties are intermediate between those of metals and solid nonmetals. They are electrical semiconductors.
More example sentences
- Another group of elements - the metalloid or semi-metal elements - share some properties with the metals and some with the nonmetals.
- As its two allotropic forms might suggest, silicon is a metalloid.
- Separating them are metalloids or semimetals.
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