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 oxide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of oxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside each cell, lithium atoms move through an electrolyte between a graphite anode and a cathode sheet composed of a metal oxide. Ian Morse, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021 The process leans on decades of past research developed by FFC Cambridge, dating to the late 1990s and relating to how titanium was extracted from titanium oxide. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Geochemcial analysis of the soil showed elevated levels of calcium oxide and manganese oxide, chemical signals consistent with those expected to be produced by the purification of a body. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021 Extracting the metals from their ores also requires a process called smelting, which can emit sulfur oxide and other harmful air pollution. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 To do so, the researchers created a silicon oxide surface with lots of pores, then placed a platinum catalyst at the base of each pore. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2020 In a typical month, up to 14,000 trucks pass through the adjacent ports, creating about 2,600 tons of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions, according to TTSI. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 6 May 2021 On the other hand, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a 120Hz Fluid Display 2.0 AMOLED screen with new LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) tech. Zach Epstein, BGR, 23 Mar. 2021 Linalool, Limonene, α-Phellandrene, β-Caryophyllene, Citronellol, Nerolidol, Naphthalene, Myrcene, Nerol, Citral, Valencene, Caryophyllene oxide. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021

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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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29 May 2021

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“Oxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxide. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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