si·​lane ˈsi-ˌlān How to pronounce silane (audio)
: any of various compounds of hydrogen and silicon that have the general formula SinH2n+2 and are analogous to alkanes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The material, made of a polyimide foam coated with oil-loving silane molecules, can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in oil and can be wrung out and used again and again, researchers say. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2017 In the report released Thursday, consultants hired by the inspector general’s office found that the silane solution selected by CRC would be sufficient if applied more frequently and as long as proper, periodic inspections were done. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2020 Flowers to start: In addition to above there are the harder, smaller seeds that need individual cups ie nemophila, silane, mignonette, Arctic poppy, California poppy, morning glory, Shirley poppies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2018 Intel, Nov. 11, 1986 (Aloha): A pyrophoric gas silane cylinder leaks through a valve and catches fire. Mike Rogoway,, 17 July 2017 The sponge is made of a polyurethane foam coated in silane, which attracts oil. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2017

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary silicon + methane

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silane was in 1916

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“Silane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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