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neon

noun ne·on \ ˈnē-ˌän \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of neon

1 :a colorless odorless mostly inert gaseous element that is found in minute amounts in air and is used in electric lamps — see Chemical Elements Table
2 a :a discharge lamp in which the gas contains a large proportion of neon
b :a sign composed of such lamps
c :the illumination provided by such lamps or signs

neoned

play \ˈnē-ˌänd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of neon

borrowed from Greek néon, neuter of néos "young, fresh, new" — more at 1new
Note: Name given to the gas by its discoverers, the British chemists William Ramsay (1852-1916) and Morris William Travers (1872-1961) in "On the Companion of Argon," Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, vol. 63 (1898), p. 438. According to a later account by Travers, the Latin name novum, "new," for the gas was suggested by William Ramsay's 13-year old son, and rendered in Greek by Ramsay to match the names of other recently discovered gases (see Morris W. Travers, The Discovery of the Rare Gases, London, 1928, p. 96).


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neon

adjective

Definition of neon

1 :of, relating to, or using neon
2 :extremely bright :fluorescent
  • neon yellow

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First Known Use of neon

1904


NEON Defined for English Language Learners

neon

noun

Definition of neon for English Language Learners

  • : a type of gas that is used in brightly colored electric signs and lights


neon

adjective

Definition of neon for English Language Learners

  • : using neon

  • : extremely bright


NEON Defined for Kids

neon

noun ne·on \ ˈnē-ˌän \

Definition of neon for Students

:a colorless gaseous chemical element found in very small amounts in the air and used in electric lights

Medical Dictionary

neon

noun ne·on \ ˈnē-ˌän \

medical Definition of neon

:a colorless odorless primarily inert gaseous element found in minute amounts in air and used in electric lamps symbol Ne — see Chemical Elements Table


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