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silicon

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noun sil·i·con \ˈsi-li-kən, ˈsi-lə-ˌkän\

Simple Definition of silicon

  • : a chemical element that is found in the Earth's crust and is used especially in computers and electronics

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of silicon

  1. :  a tetravalent nonmetallic element that occurs combined as the most abundant element next to oxygen in the earth's crust and is used especially in ferrosilicon for steelmaking, in other alloys, and in semiconductors — see element table

Origin of silicon

New Latin silica + English -on (as in carbon)


First Known Use: 1817

Rhymes with silicon

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SILICON Defined for Kids

silicon

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noun sil·i·con \ˈsi-li-kən, ˈsi-lə-ˌkän\

Definition of silicon for Students

  1. :  a chemical element that next to oxygen is the most common element in the earth's crust and is used especially in electronic devices




Medical Dictionary

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noun sil·i·con \ˈsil-i-kən, ˈsil-ə-ˌkän\

Medical Definition of silicon

  1. :  a tetravalent nonmetallic element that occurs combined as the most abundant element next to oxygen in the earth's crust and is used especially in alloys—symbol Si; see element table




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