ox·​ide | \ ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio) \

Definition of oxide

: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or group

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oxidic \ äk-​ˈsi-​dik How to pronounce oxidic (audio) \ adjective

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That includes a supercharger, a nitrous-oxide tank, rear ducktail spoiler, and even an assortment of license plates. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "No Mustang in Your Driveway? Put One Made from Lego on Your Desk," 22 Feb. 2019 Marlena Stall from Makeup Geek explains this in detail, but the skinny is that oxides are used to add SPF or sometimes coverage to foundations. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018 Under normal circumstances, the titanium/hafnium oxide layer would act like an insulator and block current flow at the intersection of the copper wires. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 Hematite—a mineral form of iron-oxide—clay minerals, and boron are the various components of this clue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Findings in Crater Good Sign for Habitability on Mars," 14 Dec. 2016 The announcement comes as California regulators are pushing for a new ultralow standard for nitrogen-oxide emissions from trucks. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "EPA Targets Trucking Industry for New Air Pollution Rules," 13 Nov. 2018 Soot, dust, ozone, and sulfur oxides are a growing threat for billions of people around the world. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 His work made batteries more powerful and portable by introducing lithium cobalt oxide to their inner workings. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "The Battery Pioneer Who, at Age 96, Keeps Going and Going," 9 Aug. 2018 Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are natural alternatives some sunscreens use, still able to block the sun’s harmful UV rays. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Hawaii to Become First in the World to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to the Environment," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of oxide

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxide

French oxide, oxyde, from ox- (from oxygène oxygen) + -ide (from acide acid)

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English Language Learners Definition of oxide

chemistry : a compound of oxygen and another substance


ox·​ide | \ ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio) \

Kids Definition of oxide

: a compound of oxygen with another element or group of elements an iron oxide


ox·​ide | \ ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxide

: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or chemical group

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