silicate

noun

sil·​i·​cate ˈsi-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce silicate (audio)
-kət
: 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 The second image, taken with MIRI, show the glow of dusty silicates and soot-like molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 1 May 2024 The parent body was also covered in water ice, which explains the magnetite, carbonates, and silicates found on Ryugu—these need water to form. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 19 May 2024 These asteroids are known to be rich in organic materials, silicates and possibly water ice, all of which would be hugely valuable to future Mars explorers. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2024 Metals, for example, are almost always bound up in various oxides, carbonates and silicates (with rare exceptions such as gold). Jan Zalasiewicz, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2016 See all Example Sentences for silicate 

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Word History

Etymology

silicic (acid)

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silicate was in 1811

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“Silicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicate. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

silicate

noun
sil·​i·​cate ˈsil-i-ˌkāt How to pronounce silicate (audio)
ˈsil-ə-kət
: a chemical salt that consists of a metal combined with silicon and oxygen and is used especially in building materials (as bricks)

Medical Definition

silicate

noun
sil·​i·​cate ˈsil-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce silicate (audio) ˈsil-i-kət How to pronounce silicate (audio)
: 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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