Definitions for germanedʒərˈmeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent:

    points germane to the subject.

  2. Obs. closely related.

Origin of germane:

1250–1300; < OF germain; see german


Princeton's WordNet

  1. germane(p)(adj)

    relevant and appropriate

    "he asks questions that are germane and central to the issue"


  1. germane(Noun)

    germanium tetrahydride, GeH

  2. germane(Noun)

    Any organic derivative of this compound.

  3. germane(Adjective)

    Related to the topic being discussed or considered.

  4. Origin: Variant form of german, adapted in this sense in allusions to its use in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Germane(adj)

    literally, near akin; hence, closely allied; appropriate or fitting; relevant


  1. Germane

    Germane is the chemical compound with the formula GeH4, and the germanium analogue of methane. It is the simplest germanium hydride and one of the most useful compounds of germanium. Like the related compounds silane and methane, germane is tetrahedral. It burns in air to produce GeO2 and water.


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