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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Other Words from oxide

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

Examples of oxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding a tiny amount of titanium to a mix of copper oxide and aluminum, for instance, added a beautiful white edging to one explosion. Wired, "Distant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are Explosions," 31 Oct. 2019 The exact properties of the oxides, combined with different metals used to make connections, could convert the nanotubes into p- or n-type semiconductors as needed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "16-bit RISC-V processor made with carbon nanotubes," 28 Aug. 2019 Fishermen will appreciate that its black oxide finish is out-of-box coated in wax and oil, to prevent corrosion. Outdoor Life, "Five tools for fixing your fishing gear on the fly," 14 Apr. 2020 These neurons are then embedded in a nourishing liquid medium on top of a specialized metal-oxide chip containing a grid of 22,000 tiny electrodes that enable programmers to provide electrical inputs to the neurons and also sense their outputs. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Startup is building computer chips using human neurons," 30 Mar. 2020 Indeed, the 15 largest container ships alone emit more nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide pollutants than all the world’s cars combined. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery," 19 Mar. 2020 For a little more coin, there are interchangeable .22 WMR cylinders, black-oxide or Cerakote finishes, and a laundry list of exotic grip options. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The Broke Shooter’s Guide to Cheap .22 LR Handguns," 12 Mar. 2020 Next, place an aluminum-oxide grinding stone into the rotary tool and tighten the collet nut. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Your Dull Scissors Back To Work," 21 Jan. 2020 My impression is about 90 percent of the field’s effort is focused on how to understand copper oxide superconductors. Quanta Magazine, "An Explorer of Quantum Borderlands," 9 June 2016

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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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The first known use of oxide was in 1788

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1 Jun 2020

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“Oxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxide. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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