Definition of semimetal in English:


Line breaks: semi|metal
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪmɛt(ə)l


  • An element (e.g. arsenic, antimony, or tin) whose properties are intermediate between those of metals and solid non-metals or semiconductors.
    More example sentences
    • Separating them are metalloids or semimetals.
    • There is no sharp dividing line between the metals and nonmetals; the metalloids, also called semimetals, form a buffer between the two.
    • Typical examples would include metal oxides, metal and semimetal nitrides.



More example sentences
  • The latter are good quality - hard, dense, semimetallic, and capable of taking a high polish.
  • Semimetallic friction material was introduced in the late 1960s and has gained widespread usage in the mid-1970s.
  • Semimetallic gaskets are designed for medium and high-pressure applications, and offer a high degree of safety.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin semimetallum (see semi-, metal).

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