silicon

noun
sil·​i·​con | \ ˈsi-li-kən How to pronounce silicon (audio) , ˈsi-lə-ˌkän \

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

Examples of silicon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, had proposed using a factory in Chengdu, China, to manufacture silicon wafers, people familiar with the matter said. Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg.com, 9 Dec. 2021 More recently, the administration discouraged Intel from pursuing its plans to operate a factory in Chengdu, China to manufacture silicon wafers. Sohee Kim, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 The administration discouraged Intel from pursuing plans to operate a factory in Chengdu, China to manufacture silicon wafers. Time, 23 Nov. 2021 That moved automakers, which rely on the same chip-making companies for silicon wafers, to the back of the queue. Corbin Hiar, Scientific American, 25 Aug. 2021 Large chip foundries in Taiwan and elsewhere in Asia take large silicon wafers and turn them into multiple smaller integrated circuits. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 More From CIO Journal From schools to financial firms and grocery stores, the world-wide chip shortage—which comes amid soaring prices for silicon wafers, and the resins and metals used in their manufacture—is rippling through supply chains. Angus Loten, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 The Malta plant runs 24 hours a day, pumping out 500,000 intricate silicon wafers a year that are then cut into individual chips. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Using lithography, manufacturers repeatedly project patterns of chip circuitry onto silicon wafers. New York Times, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of silicon

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silicon

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

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“Silicon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicon. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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silicon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silicon

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

silicon

noun
sil·​i·​con | \ ˈsi-li-kən How to pronounce silicon (audio) , ˈsi-lə-ˌkän \

Kids Definition of silicon

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

silicon

noun
sil·​i·​con | \ ˈsil-i-kən How to pronounce silicon (audio) , ˈsil-ə-ˌkän How to pronounce silicon (audio) \

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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