ha·​lide ˈha-ˌlīd How to pronounce halide (audio) ˈhā- How to pronounce halide (audio)
: a binary compound of a halogen with a more electropositive element or radical

Examples of halide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are looking at the cutting edge materials used in photovoltaics, such as halide perovskites. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Apr. 2017 Perovskites, a rapidly growing area of photovoltaic research, are a hybrid of organic compounds, metals, and halides, with crystal structures mirroring those of the mineral calcium titanium oxide. IEEE Spectrum, 20 May 2020 The lights have replaced the original metal-halide lighting system on eight light towers spaced around Victory Field. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2023 The cloned cuttings are grown in a proprietary mix of soil and peat, initially in three-gallon containers under metal halide lights that shine for 18 hours a day and produce a blue-spectrum light mimicking spring-time sunshine. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, 22 Feb. 2021 The alkyne-azide bond was superefficient and left the original target, the acyl halide, largely untouched. Bydaniel Clery, science.org, 4 Oct. 2022 Oregon State is replacing the current metal halide bulbs with LED fixtures. oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2022 The projection was done through a glass plate coated with a transparent emulsion of very fine silver halide grains on the other side. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2022 Better yet, the ski resort replaced its old metal halide lights with LED lights this season, which means better lighting and less energy consumption. oregonlive, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halide was in 1855

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“Halide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halide. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


: a binary compound of a halogen with a more electropositive element or radical

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