silicon

noun sil·i·con \ ˈsi-li-kən , ˈsi-lə-ˌkän \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of silicon

: a tetravalent nonmetallic element that occurs combined as the most abundant element next to oxygen in the earth's crust and is used especially in ferrosilicon for steelmaking, in other alloys, and in semiconductors — see Chemical Elements Table

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Origin and Etymology of silicon

New Latin silica + English -on (as in carbon)


SILICON Defined for English Language Learners

silicon

noun

Definition of silicon for English Language Learners

  • : a chemical element that is found in the Earth's crust and is used especially in computers and electronics


SILICON Defined for Kids

silicon

noun sil·i·con \ ˈsi-li-kən , ˈsi-lə-ˌkän \

Definition of silicon for Students

: a chemical element that next to oxygen is the most common element in the earth's crust and is used especially in electronic devices

Medical Dictionary

silicon

noun sil·i·con \ ˈsil-i-kən , ˈsil-ə-ˌkän \

medical Definition of silicon

: a tetravalent nonmetallic element that occurs combined as the most abundant element next to oxygen in the earth's crust and is used especially in alloys symbol Si — see Chemical Elements Table


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