Definitions for valencyˈveɪ lən si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. valency(noun)

    the phenomenon of forming chemical bonds

  2. valence, valency(noun)

    (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate

  3. valence, valency(noun)

    (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)


  1. valency(Noun)

    The number of edges connected to a vertex in a graph

  2. valency(Noun)


  3. valency(Noun)

    The capacity of a verb to take a specific number of arguments

Webster Dictionary

  1. Valency(noun)

    see Valence

  2. Valency(noun)

    a unit of combining power; a so-called bond of affinity


  1. Valency

    In linguistics, verb valency or valence refers to the number of arguments controlled by a verbal predicate. It is related, though not identical, to verb transitivity, which counts only object arguments of the verbal predicate. Verb valency, on the other hand, includes all arguments, including the subject of the verb. The linguistic meaning of valence derives from the definition of valency in chemistry. This scientific metaphor is due to Lucien Tesnière, who developed verb valency into a major component of his dependency grammar theory of syntax and grammar. The notion of valency first appeared as a comprehensive concept in Tesnière's posthumously published book Éléments de syntaxe structurale.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Valency

    The relative power of replacing hydrogen or combining therewith possessed by different elements; the number of atomic bonds belonging to any element. Thus oxygen has a twofold valency, is bivalent or is a dyad, and combines with two atoms of hydrogen because the latter has a unitary atomicity, is monovalent or is a monad.

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