co·​va·​lent | \ ˌkō-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce covalent (audio) , ˈkō-ˌvā- \

Definition of covalent

: of, relating to, or characterized by covalent bonds

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Other Words from covalent

covalently \ ˌkō-​ˈvā-​lənt-​lē How to pronounce covalently (audio) , ˈkō-​ˌvā-​ \ adverb

Examples of covalent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chinese scientists built their version of an artificial muscle out of a special class of materials known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs), first synthesized in 2005. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Watch this paper doll do sit-ups thanks to new kind of “artificial muscle”," 21 July 2019 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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“Covalent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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