non·​me·​tal·​lic | \ ˌnän-mə-ˈta-lik How to pronounce nonmetallic (audio) \

Definition of nonmetallic

1 : not metallic
2 : of, relating to, or being a nonmetal

Examples of nonmetallic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a nonmetallic utensil like a chopstick, stick it in the jar and move in a circle around the edges to remove air bubbles. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 Partially offsetting the overall advance in exports was a 10.5% decline in the metal and nonmetallic mineral-products category. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Deficit Narrowed in December," 5 Feb. 2020 Chinese authorities detained an American FedEx pilot in Guangzhou, southern China, allegedly after finding nonmetallic air gun pellets in his luggage. Fortune, "Time is Running Out for a U.S.-China Trade Deal," 21 Sep. 2019 Hohn was carrying nonmetallic pellets used in low-power replica air guns in a checked bag and cannot leave China pending the outcome of his investigation, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "China confirms detention of American FedEx pilot suspected of smuggling ammunition," 20 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Canadian exports fell 1.1% to C$50.5 billion in August, led by lower exports of motor vehicles and parts, and of metal and nonmetallic mineral products. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Balance Moved to Surplus in August," 5 Oct. 2018 Canadian exports of metal and nonmetallic mineral products advanced 9.1% to C$5.76 billion, led by shipments of unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Deficit Narrowed In April," 6 June 2018 Sixteen of 18 manufacturing industries expanded, led by textile mills and producers nonmetallic minerals. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "US manufacturing picks up pace in May," 1 June 2018 That particular panel is nonmetallic or nonmagnetic (aluminum). Indianapolis Star, "How to Inspect a Used Car," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nonmetallic

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonmetallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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non·​me·​tal·​lic | \ ˌnän-mə-ˈtal-ik How to pronounce nonmetallic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonmetallic

1 : not metallic
2 : of, relating to, or being a nonmetal

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