What does nickel mean?

Definitions for nickel
ˈnɪk əlnick·el

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. nickel(Noun)

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

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

  2. nickel(Noun)

    A coin worth 5 cents.

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

  3. nickel(Noun)

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

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

  4. nickel(Noun)

    A playing card with the rank of five

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

  5. nickel(Noun)

    Five dollars.

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

  6. nickel(Noun)

    Five hundred dollars.

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

  7. nickel(Verb)

    To plate with nickel.

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  2. Nickel(noun)

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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. nickel(noun)

    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. nickel(noun)

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

  3. nickel(noun)

    Another meaning for a bitch

  4. nickel(noun)

    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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Numerology

  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. Bernie Sanders:

    What I have said over and over again is that I have not and will not raise a nickel for a super PAC, i am the only Democratic candidate who does not have a super PAC. I will not have a super PAC. They are nurses and they are fighting for the health care of their people. They are doing what they think is appropriate. I do not have a super PAC.

  2. Nicholas Snowdon:

    Nickel has a strong fundamental story and I think the view of investors was that after a near $2,000 pull-back, it was approaching territory that, irrespective of that macro noise, was an attractive entry point, this was in particular for the Chinese investor base, where many are hard-core nickel bulls.

  3. Tom Albright:

    I could get ahead of the job for three hours, and at that point I could go goof off for three hours, those were the good old days. It ain't like that anymore. They get every nickel that they can out of that individual working that job on the floor.

  4. Jerrold Nadler:

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

  5. 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.

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