phos·​phide ˈfäs-ˌfīd How to pronounce phosphide (audio)
: a binary compound of phosphorus with a more electropositive element or group

Examples of phosphide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hoping to make a metallic glass, which is an alloy of atoms jumbled together without a discrete shape, researchers on Greer’s team placed bits of iron, nickel, and a phosphide compound in a copper dish housed inside a simple electric furnace. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 The outside lab would take a few days to get him the copper phosphide. WIRED, 2 Aug. 2023 Institute of Photonics/LUH The first section of the chip features an optical amplifier built out of indium phosphide, a material that has already been widely used to create semiconductor lasers. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2023 Embedded in that are nanoparticles of a catalyst that the research group has a long history with, tri-molybdenum phosphide (Mo3P). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2023 The grains comprised of aluminum, silver iodine, phosphide, and silicon carbide, as well as a compound of nickel and phosphorus, with very little iron. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 That high iron component, plus the presence of nickel and phosphide, also rules out the more common Type II supernova. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 Then, in 2018, nickel phosphide, an element that has never been found in any object in our solar system, was found in the stone. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 20 May 2022 NSW Farmers President James Jackson said there needs to be urgent action from the state government, including emergency permission to use the pesticide zinc phosphide and financial assistance through a small grants program. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phosphide was in 1849

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“Phosphide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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phos·​phide -ˌfīd How to pronounce phosphide (audio)
: a binary compound of phosphorus with a more electropositive element or group

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