boron

noun
bo·​ron | \ ˈbȯr-ˌän How to pronounce boron (audio) \

Definition of boron

: a metalloid chemical element that is found in nature only in combination and that is used especially in borosilicate glass and detergents — see Chemical Elements Table

Other Words from boron

boronic \ bȯr-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce boron (audio) \ adjective

Examples of boron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some detergents contain boron, which is toxic to plants; bleach also makes soil less healthy. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Blue diamonds are among the rarest of all colored diamonds, with their hue typically the result of trace elements of boron within the diamond crystal lattice. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2022 Small amounts of lithium, for example, could be brought to market as a byproduct from existing boron mining, Moores said. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2022 This ash contains a dangerous mix of heavy metals and toxic chemicals such as arsenic, boron, lead and mercury. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2022 These stones get their blue hue from trace amounts of boron within the diamond crystal lattice. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 16 Feb. 2022 Other substances included in the rule are aluminum, E. coli bacteria, boron and cobalt. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2022 That liquid contains lithium and other metals such as manganese, zinc and boron. Stacy Morford, The Conversation, 4 Apr. 2022 What if your company is relying on a particularly dirty boron source? Gregory Barber, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of boron

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boron

borax + -on (as in carbon)

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Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

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“Boron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boron. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for boron

boron

noun
bo·​ron | \ ˈbȯr-ˌän How to pronounce boron (audio) \

Kids Definition of boron

: a powdery or hard solid chemical element that is used especially in making glass and detergents

boron

noun
bo·​ron | \ ˈbō(ə)r-ˌän, ˈbȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce boron (audio) \

Medical Definition of boron

: a trivalent metalloid element found in nature only in combination and used in metallurgy and in composite structural materials symbol B — see Chemical Elements Table

Other Words from boron

boronic \ bȯr-​ˈän-​ik, bōr-​ How to pronounce boron (audio) \ adjective

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