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silicate

Line breaks: sili|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlɪkeɪt
 
, -kət/

Definition of silicate in English:

noun

Chemistry
1A salt in which the anion contains both silicon and oxygen, especially one of the anion SiO42−.
Example sentences
  • The most significant user is the glass industry, which uses sodium carbonate to decompose silicates for glass making.
  • By sharing two oxygen atoms, silicates can form either cyclic or chain structures.
  • Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust, since most common rocks have crystalline frameworks made from silicon and oxygen: they are silicates.
1.1Any of the many minerals consisting of silica combined with metal oxides, forming a major component of the rocks of the earth’s crust.
Example sentences
  • Montmorillonite is a swelling clay formed from the degradation of silicates such as feldspars, volcanic minerals, chlorite and illite, and is commonly found in alkaline soils today.
  • Instead, silica is found in polymerized combinations with metals as silicates embedded in geologic rock formations, such as quartz.
  • Those plants obtain various minerals and silicates from earth in their bodies during growth process.

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