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 covalent (audio) , ˈkō-​ˌvā-​ \ adverb

Examples of covalent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a lab simulation on ionic and covalent bonds for her college biology class didn’t work properly. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet Jyla and Citlali: kindergartener and high school senior offer lens into online learning," 3 Oct. 2020 Cross-linking causes adjacent molecules to connect with one another via strong covalent bonds in many different places, toughening the material. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "I got my hip replaced at 39. Here’s why that might get more common.," 12 Mar. 2019 The researchers added a disulfide linker molecule, which can come between covalent bonds within a tissue's surface proteins. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Surgical Tape Is Like a 'Painless Band-Aid for Internal Organs'," 25 June 2020 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 17 May. 2021.

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