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ˈnɪk əlnick·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nickel, Ni, atomic number 28noun

    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. nickelnoun

    a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar

  3. nickel, nickel noteverb

    five dollars worth of a drug

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

  4. nickelverb

    plate with nickel

    "nickel the plate"


  1. nickelnoun

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

  2. nickelnoun

    A coin worth 5 cents.

  3. nickelnoun

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

  4. nickelnoun

    A playing card with the rank of five

  5. nickelnoun

    Five dollars.

  6. nickelnoun

    Five hundred dollars.

  7. nickelverb

    To plate with nickel.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nickelnoun

    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. Nickelnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. nickelnoun

    Five, as in 1995. "Everybody get in where ya fit in for tha nine five, tha nine nickel" -- Method Man with Capleton (Wings of the Morning).

  2. nickelnoun

    Nickel also means $5 worth of something like weed or crack for example.

  3. nickelnoun

    Another meaning for a bitch

  4. nickelnoun

    Refers to the nickle plating of a firearm, or the firearm itself. "Hand on my nickle plated whistle." -- Clipse (Grindin')

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

    Submitted by MaryC on November 20, 2015  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nickel

    An American five-cent piece, so called because it is coined out of nickel silver.

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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

Examples of nickel in a Sentence

  1. Jerrold Nadler:

    A great nation cannot nickel-and-dime people that have sacrificed their health on our behalf.

  2. Stephen Colbert:

    And one nickel is a lot, you can take a streetcar to the Ziegfeld and see a talkie... and still have enough left over for an egg cream at Woolworth's.

  3. Daniel Ghali:

    The world's pricing mechanism for nickel is failing, the question is, will it continue to fail ?

  4. Michael Widmer:

    Many larger miners said they are considering potential shutdowns at loss-making operations. As a result, we see nickel prices rallying in second half 2016.

  5. George GascónThe DA:

    If you are the mom or dad who wants to participate in the kids' school activities and they're being told you can't go to that field trip because you have a felony conviction because you sold a nickel bag in the Tenderloin 10 years ago, that's the people that we care about, this partnership also helps to address wrongs caused by the failed war on drugs, felt most strongly by communities of color.

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