silicon nitride

noun

Definition of silicon nitride

: any of several compounds of silicon and nitrogen specifically : a compound Si3N4 that is a hard ceramic used in high-temperature applications and in composites

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, the experiments involved two silicon nitride membranes, each roughly 100 nanometers thick. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Space Heater: Scientists Find New Way to Transfer Energy Through a Vacuum," 11 Dec. 2019 The researchers made a couple of very thin silicon nitride membranes that were next to each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Edge on cooling from nanostructure beats physical limit," 11 Sep. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Silicon nitride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicon%20nitride. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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