Definitions for nickelˈnɪk əl

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  1. nickel, Ni, atomic number 28(noun)

    a hard malleable ductile silvery metallic element that is resistant to corrosion; used in alloys; occurs in pentlandite and smaltite and garnierite and millerite

  2. nickel(noun)

    a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar

  3. nickel, nickel note(verb)

    five dollars worth of a drug

    "a nickel bag of drugs"; "a nickel deck of heroin"

  4. nickel(verb)

    plate with nickel

    "nickel the plate"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. nickel(Noun)

    A silvery elemental metal with an atomic number of 28 and symbol Ni.

  2. nickel(Noun)

    A coin worth 5 cents.

  3. nickel(Noun)

    Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.

  4. nickel(Noun)

    A playing card with the rank of five

  5. nickel(Noun)

    Five dollars.

  6. nickel(Noun)

    Five hundred dollars.

  7. nickel(Verb)

    To plate with nickel.

  8. Origin: One of the variant spellings of Nichol, a vernacular form of the given name Nicholas.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Nickel(noun)

    a bright silver-white metallic element. It is of the iron group, and is hard, malleable, and ductile. It occurs combined with sulphur in millerite, with arsenic in the mineral niccolite, and with arsenic and sulphur in nickel glance. Symbol Ni. Atomic weight 58.6

  2. Nickel(noun)

    a small coin made of or containing nickel; esp., a five-cent piece

  3. Origin: [G., fr. Sw. nickel, abbrev. from Sw. kopparnickel copper-nickel, a name given in derision, as it was thought to be a base ore of copper. The origin of the second part of the word is uncertain. Cf. Kupfer-nickel, Copper-nickel.]

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  1. Nickel

    Nickel is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It is a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge. Nickel belongs to the transition metals and is hard and ductile. Pure nickel shows a significant chemical activity that can be observed when nickel is powdered to maximize the exposed surface area on which reactions can occur, but larger pieces of the metal are slow to react with air at ambient conditions due to the formation of a protective oxide surface. Even then, nickel is reactive enough with oxygen so that native nickel is rarely found on Earth's surface, being mostly confined to the interiors of larger nickel–iron meteorites that were protected from oxidation during their time in space. On Earth, such native nickel is always found in combination with iron, a reflection of those elements' origin as major end products of supernova nucleosynthesis. An iron–nickel mixture is thought to compose Earth's inner core. The use of nickel has been traced as far back as 3500 BC. Nickel was first isolated and classified as a chemical element in 1751 by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, who initially mistook its ore for a copper mineral. The element name comes from a mischievous sprite of German miner's mythology, Nickel, that personified the fact that copper-nickel ores resisted refinement into copper. An economically important source of nickel is the iron ore limonite, which often contains 1-2% nickel. Nickel's other important ore minerals include garnierite, and pentlandite. Major production sites include Sudbury region in Canada, New Caledonia in the Pacific and Norilsk in Russia.

U.S. National Library of MedicineRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Nickel

    A trace element with the atomic symbol Ni, atomic number 28, and atomic weight 58.69. It is a cofactor of the enzyme UREASE.

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