Definition of nonmetal in English:

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nonmetal

Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈmedl/

noun

An element or substance that is not a metal.
Example sentences
  • Chemically, elements can be classified as metals, metalloids, or non-metals based, in part, upon these physical properties.
  • Ionic bonds are most often formed between atoms of metals and atoms of non-metals.
  • As a rough rule of thumb, metals are non-molecular, like iron, whereas non-metals are molecular.

Derivatives

nonmetallic

Pronunciation: /ˌnänməˈtalik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Reactions of non-metallic elements to form covalent compounds are atom transfer reactions.
  • The term is also sometimes used for compounds in which a nitrogen or other non-metallic atom of an organic group is directly bonded to a lithium atom.
  • Carbon is by no means unique in this regard as most of the non-metallic elements are capable of forming chains.

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Syllabification: non·met·al

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