metalloid

noun
met·​al·​loid | \ ˈme-tə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce metalloid (audio) \

Definition of metalloid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an element intermediate in properties between the typical metals and nonmetals
2 : a nonmetal that can combine with a metal to form an alloy

metalloid

adjective
\ ˌme-tə-ˈlȯi-dᵊl How to pronounce metalloid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly metalloidal

Definition of metalloid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling a metal
2 : of, relating to, or being a metalloid

Examples of metalloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a metalloid, silicon behaves like both metals and nonmetals. David Lumb, Popular Mechanics, "109 Ways Silicon Completely Rules Every Part of Your Life," 9 Dec. 2020 As a lethal toxin, the discrete and deadly metalloid became the weapon of choice for those looking to quietly dispose of anyone standing in their way. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 For decades, women flocked to their nearest drugstores and ordered tins of the wafers in masses, swallowing their false promises of beauty right alongside the poisonous metalloid. Gabby Shacknai, Fortune, "Demystifying the ingestible beauty trend and why it’s a bigger business than ever before," 4 Mar. 2020 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of metalloid

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metalloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metalloid. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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metalloid

noun
met·​al·​loid | \ ˈmet-ᵊl-ˌȯid How to pronounce metalloid (audio) \

Medical Definition of metalloid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an element (as boron, silicon, or arsenic) intermediate in properties between the typical metals and nonmetals

metalloid

adjective
variants: also metalloidal \ ˌmet-​ᵊl-​ˈȯid-​ᵊl How to pronounce metalloid (audio) \

Medical Definition of metalloid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling a metal
2 : of, relating to, or being a metalloid

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