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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

non•met•alnɒnˈmɛt l(n.)

  1. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution.

    Category: Chemistry

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non`me•tal′lic-məˈtæl ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nonmetal(adj)

    a chemical element lacking typical metallic properties

  2. nonmetallic, nonmetal(adj)

    not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal

    "nonmetallic elements"


  1. nonmetal(Noun)

    an element, such as phosphorus or chlorine, that does not have the chemical or physical properties of a metal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nonmetal(noun)

    any one of the set of elements which, as contrasted with the metals, possess, produce, or receive, acid rather than basic properties; a metalloid; as, oxygen, sulphur, and chlorine are nonmetals


  1. Nonmetal

    Nonmetal, or non-metal, is a term used in chemistry when classifying the chemical elements. On the basis of their general physical and chemical properties, every element in the periodic table can be termed either a metal or a nonmetal. The elements generally regarded as nonmetals are: ⁕In Group 1: hydrogen ⁕In Group 14: carbon ⁕In Group 15:: nitrogen, phosphorus ⁕In Group 16:: oxygen, sulfur, selenium ⁕In Group 17:: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, astatine ⁕All elements in Group 18 – the noble gases There is no rigorous definition for the term "nonmetal" – it covers a general spectrum of behaviour. Common properties considered characteristic of a nonmetal include: ⁕poor conductors of heat and electricity when compared to metals ⁕they form acidic oxides ⁕in solid form, they are dull and brittle, rather than metals which are lustrous, ductile or malleable


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