What does nickel mean?

Definitions for nickelˈnɪk əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nickel.

Princeton's WordNet

  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"


  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 Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nickel

    nik′el, n. a grayish-white metal related to cobalt, very malleable and ductile.—v.t. to plate with nickel.—ns. Nick′elage, Nick′elure, the art of nickel-plating.—adjs. Nick′elic, Nick′elous; Nickelif′erous, containing nickel.—ns. Nick′eline, Nic′colite, native nickel arsenide.—v.t. Nick′elise, to plate with nickel.—ns. Nick′el-plat′ing, the plating of metals with nickel; Nick′el-sil′ver, German silver (see German). [Sw. koppar-nickel (Ger. kupfernickel), koppar, copper, nickel, a word corresponding to Ger. nickel, the devil (cf. Cobalt and Kobold), or to Ice. hnikill, a lump.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. nickel

    Is a metal element.

    Nickel is used in many specific and recognizable industrial and consumer products, including stainless steel, alnico magnets, coinage, rechargeable batteries, electric guitar strings, microphone capsules, and special alloys

  2. nickel

    Is a metal element.

    Nickel is used in many specific and recognizable industrial and consumer products, including stainless steel, alnico magnets, coinage, rechargeable batteries, electric guitar strings, microphone capsules, and special alloys

  3. nickel

    A chemical element with a known atomic number and symbol.

    Nickel is used for various purposes e.g. coins, batteries, metal works etc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nickel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nickel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lawrence Peter Berra:

    A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

  2. Clive Palmer:

    I understand Queensland Nickel is debt free and has net assets of over A$1.9 billion.

  3. Peter Bradford:

    The capacity that will be shutting down will be the higher-cost nickel mine production.

  4. Vladimir Potanin:

    The decline in nickel and copper is causing a revenue decline, however, rouble depreciation is significantly compensating the price decline.

  5. Jimmy Morales:

    Investors may not be interested, but it may be that Guatemala is not interested in letting them take away its gold and nickel at very low prices.

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