single bond


Definition of single bond

: a chemical bond in which one pair of electrons is shared by two atoms in a molecule especially when the atoms can share more than one pair of electrons — compare double bond, triple bond

Examples of single bond in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the Fed has yet to buy a single bond, its pledge threw a lifeline to the market that undoubtedly kept some people working. Craig Torres,, "Fed Vow Boosts Debt Binge as Borrowers Cut Thousands of Jobs," 7 June 2020 There’s just one problem: the central bank is yet to buy a single bond, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Could this be the best bull run ever?," 4 June 2020 Ten weeks later, the Fed has yet to buy a single bond. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Fed Promised to Buy Bonds but Is Finding Few Takers," 3 June 2020 Even before buying a single bond, the Fed managed to achieve its primary goal: restarting the frozen corporate debt market. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Fed Makes Initial Purchases in Its First Corporate Debt Buying Program," 12 May 2020 The melting point of a fat is linked to its level of saturation — the number of single bonds versus double bonds in its fatty-acid chain. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "How Do They Make Plant-Based Meat Behave Like Beef?," 3 Mar. 2020 After a flurry of amendments — nearly all of them failing — the board approved a single bond proposal in a 4-3 vote shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board approves $82.8 million bond proposal mostly targeting earthquake-related repairs," 20 Nov. 2019 Moreover, a single bond issued by the French government with a total size of 21 billion euros dominates the green index, with a weighting of almost 13%. Washington Post, "The Explosion in Green Bonds Comes Without a Premium," 28 Oct. 2019 The central bank on Friday raised the cap on how much foreigners can invest in a single bond to 30 percent of outstanding stock from 20 percent, and provided more flexibility on their existing investments. Subhadip Sircar,, "India Seeks to Jump Start Debt Demand Again as Borrowings Loom," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of single bond

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Single bond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of single bond

technical : a chemical bond in which two atoms in a molecule share one pair of electrons

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Medical Definition of single bond

: a chemical bond in which one pair of electrons is shared by two atoms in a molecule and that is usually represented in chemical formulas by a single line

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