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 In the past, researchers have suggested that if Saturn's rings were ancient, they would be littered with organic molecules, silicates and other material. Fox News, "Age of Saturn's rings debated as questions about life emerge," 17 Sep. 2019 Such a viewpoint ignores the intrinsic value of lunar resources, Neal said, in the form of water ice at the poles, as well as the lunar soil which can be broken into oxygen, titanium, silicates and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns," 20 Aug. 2019 If the planet followed similar patterns to the early Earth, much of that carbon dioxide would have been absorbed by silicate rocks and locked into the surface over the course of 3 billion years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Venus Could Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years," 25 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Silicate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=silica02. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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silicate

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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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