covalent

adjective
co·​va·​lent | \ˌkō-ˈvā-lənt, ˈkō-ˌvā-\

Definition of covalent 

: of, relating to, or characterized by covalent bonds

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covalently \ ˌkō-​ˈvā-​lənt-​lē , ˈkō-​ˌvā-​ \ adverb

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Near boiling temperatures, the covalent bond spring has been pushed to its maximum compression, storing a great deal of energy. Adam Mann, WIRED, "What’s Up With That: The Mysterious Effect That Makes Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold," 13 May 2014

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First Known Use of covalent

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of covalent was circa 1926

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