silicate

noun
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)

Examples of silicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At those speeds, the silicate would likely turn to glass. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NASA Celebrates Halloween With These Interstellar Horror Posters," 31 Oct. 2019 The hollow glass beads are composed of silicate, which is used in several industrial applications, and are produced in factories in Shandong, China. Wired, "Can Tiny Glass Beads Keep Arctic Ice From Melting? Maaaybe," 18 Oct. 2019 This method revealed a complex exoplanetary atmosphere with clouds of iron and silicates swirling in a planet-wide storm. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Water detected in atmosphere of potentially habitable super-Earth," 11 Sep. 2019 But the increased acidity seemed to reduce the effectiveness of the sodium silicate. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past," 24 Aug. 2019 But the increased acidity seemed to reduce the effectiveness of the sodium silicate. Nick Corasaniti, BostonGlobe.com, "Tainted water, ignored warnings, and a boss with a criminal past in Newark," 24 Aug. 2019 One recent experiment included mixing an aqueous solution with tricalcium silicate for the first time -- a scientific way of saying concrete. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts make concrete in space for the first time," 10 Sep. 2019 This method revealed a complex exoplanetary atmosphere with clouds of iron and silicates swirling in a planet-wide storm. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists may have found a fiery exomoon that's like a volcanic planet from 'Star Wars'," 5 Sep. 2019 Higher still will be the densities of rocky worlds made principally of silicates. The Economist, "Astronomers are probing faraway planets with greater sophistication," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Silicate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicate. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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silicate

noun
How to pronounce silicate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of silicate

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

silicate

noun
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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