sil·​i·​cate | \ ˈsi-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce silicate (audio) , -kət\

Definition of silicate

: a salt or ester derived from a silicic acid especially : any of numerous insoluble often complex metal salts that contain silicon and oxygen in the anion, constitute the largest class of minerals, and are used in building materials (such as cement, bricks, and glass)

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The ingredient, created by extracting silicate crystals from other minerals processed at high temperatures, is also used by brands like Skin Owl, which makes an illuminating face oil. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 From a perspective of science, the material is a clever mesh of silicates with a dash of fluorine secret sauce. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 The meteorite also contains iron-sulfur compounds but lacks silicates, which are typically found higher up in planets. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Diamond-Encrusted Meteorite Could Be From a Lost Planet," 17 Apr. 2018 On occasion, lightning can interact with metal and silicates in the ground and create a natural explosion of light immediately after the strike. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Watch lightning strike dangerously close to this police officer," 29 June 2018 That dust is actually a mix of grease, soot and silicate sand. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls," 28 June 2018 The majority of what was recovered from the asteroid impact site is ureilite, a rare type of meteorite with high concentrations of carbon, graphite and diamonds in between grains of silicate. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "These diamonds are from one of our solar system's 'lost planets'," 17 May 2018 By 2013, the company developed entirely artificial particles—a form of titano silicate—that also grab strontium. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "Fukushima’s Other Big Problem: A Million Tons of Radioactive Water," 27 Apr. 2018 After that impact, Earth was enveloped in a hot silicate atmosphere, leaving only heat-loving organisms in rocks a half-mile or more beneath the surface, and from that all future life developed. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay," 11 June 2015

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First Known Use of silicate

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silicate

silicic (acid)

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English Language Learners Definition of silicate

: a chemical that contains silicon and that is used in building materials (such as bricks, cement, and glass)


sil·​i·​cate | \ ˈsil-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce silicate (audio) , ˈsil-i-kət How to pronounce silicate (audio) \

Medical Definition of silicate

: a salt or ester derived from a silicic acid especially : any of numerous insoluble often complex metal salts that contain silicon and oxygen in the anion and constitute the largest class of minerals

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