non·​me·​tal·​lic | \ ˌnän-mə-ˈta-lik How to pronounce nonmetallic (audio) \

Definition of nonmetallic

1 : not metallic
2 : of, relating to, or being a nonmetal

Examples of nonmetallic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tons of new color choices are available, too, including 40 BMW individual options that include nonmetallic and matte finishes. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 The element itself is nonmetallic and naturally takes on a pale yellow hue. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 2 Oct. 2021 Using a nonmetallic utensil like a chopstick, stick it in the jar and move in a circle around the edges to remove air bubbles. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, 19 Aug. 2020 Partially offsetting the overall advance in exports was a 10.5% decline in the metal and nonmetallic mineral-products category. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2020 Chinese authorities detained an American FedEx pilot in Guangzhou, southern China, allegedly after finding nonmetallic air gun pellets in his luggage. Fortune, 21 Sep. 2019 Hohn was carrying nonmetallic pellets used in low-power replica air guns in a checked bag and cannot leave China pending the outcome of his investigation, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Canadian exports fell 1.1% to C$50.5 billion in August, led by lower exports of motor vehicles and parts, and of metal and nonmetallic mineral products. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2018 Canadian exports of metal and nonmetallic mineral products advanced 9.1% to C$5.76 billion, led by shipments of unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 6 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of nonmetallic

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Apr 2022

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“Nonmetallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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non·​me·​tal·​lic | \ ˌnän-mə-ˈtal-ik How to pronounce nonmetallic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonmetallic

1 : not metallic
2 : of, relating to, or being a nonmetal


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