germanium

play
noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of germanium

  1. :  a grayish-white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used especially in optical and semiconductor materials and as a catalyst — see element table

Origin and Etymology of germanium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin Germania Germany


First Known Use: 1886


GERMANIUM Defined for Kids

germanium

play
noun ger·ma·ni·um \jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of germanium for Students

  1. :  a white hard brittle element used as a semiconductor


Medical Dictionary

germanium

play
noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of germanium

  1. :  a grayish white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used as a semiconductor—symbol Ge; see element table



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up germanium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!