semimetal

noun
semi·​met·​al | \ ˌse-mē-ˈme-tᵊl How to pronounce semimetal (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semimetal

: an element (such as arsenic) possessing metallic properties in an inferior degree and not malleable

Other Words from semimetal

semimetallic \ ˌse-​mē-​mə-​ˈta-​lik How to pronounce semimetal (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ adjective

Examples of semimetal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have since made monolayers of metals, semimetals, insulators and more, but magnetism was the final holdout. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2018 Now physicists may finally observed this phenomenon, mixed axial-gravitational anomaly, in a class of exotic materials known as Weyl semimetals. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of semimetal

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Semimetal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semimetal. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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