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ˈsɪl ɪ kən, -ˌkɒnsil·i·con

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. silicon, Si, atomic number 14(noun)

    a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors

Wiktionary

  1. silicon(Noun)

    A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.

    Etymology: From the stem of silex ‘silica’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silicon(noun)

    a nonmetalic element analogous to carbon. It always occurs combined in nature, and is artificially obtained in the free state, usually as a dark brown amorphous powder, or as a dark crystalline substance with a meetallic luster. Its oxide is silica, or common quartz, and in this form, or as silicates, it is, next to oxygen, the most abundant element of the earth's crust. Silicon is characteristically the element of the mineral kingdom, as carbon is of the organic world. Symbol Si. Atomic weight 28. Called also silicium

    Etymology: [See Silica.]

Freebase

  1. Silicon

    Silicon, a tetravalent metalloid, is a chemical element with the symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is less reactive than its chemical analog carbon, the nonmetal directly above it in the periodic table, but more reactive than germanium, the metalloid directly below it in the table. Controversy about silicon's character dates to its discovery; it was first prepared and characterized in pure form in 1823. In 1808, it was given the name silicium, with an -ium word-ending to suggest a metal, a name which the element retains in several non-English languages. However, its final English name, first suggested in 1817, reflects the more physically similar elements carbon and boron. Silicon is the eighth most common element in the universe by mass, but very rarely occurs as the pure free element in nature. It is most widely distributed in dusts, sands, planetoids, and planets as various forms of silicon dioxide or silicates. Over 90% of the Earth's crust is composed of silicate minerals, making silicon the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust after oxygen. Most silicon is used commercially without being separated, and indeed often with little processing of compounds from nature. These include direct industrial building-use of clays, silica sand and stone. Silica is used in ceramic brick. Silicate goes into Portland cement for mortar and stucco, and when combined with silica sand and gravel, to make concrete. Silicates are also in whiteware ceramics such as porcelain, and in traditional quartz-based soda-lime glass. More modern silicon compounds such as silicon carbide form abrasives and high-strength ceramics. Silicon is the basis of the ubiquitous synthetic silicon-based polymers called silicones.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. silicon

    Hardware, esp. ICs or microprocessor-based computer systems (compare iron). Contrasted with software. See also sandbender.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Silicon

    A trace element that constitutes about 27.6% of the earth's crust in the form of SILICON DIOXIDE. It does not occur free in nature. Silicon has the atomic symbol Si, atomic number 14, and atomic weight 28.09.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silicon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silicon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of silicon in a Sentence

  1. Michael Katchen:

    There is a benefit in being part of the engineering culture in Silicon Valley... a different sort of skill set that you acquire from being in senior positions or being around such a dense population of startups.

  2. Innovation Gabriel Woo:

    We're certainly looking beyond Canada and even beyond North America, there is always really interesting stuff that's happening out in the (San Francisco) Bay Area, in Silicon Valley.

  3. Luni Libes:

    There are fewer investors and they can be harder to find, there is no equivalent of Silicon Valley for social good startups, there's no one place where people are flooding to to start these types of ventures.

  4. Chief Executive Tom Enders:

    I think we see some promising avenues going forward. We have also decided to open a new innovation centre in Silicon Valley.

  5. Andrew Torba:

    Every major communication outlet, every major social network, is run, owned, controlled and operated by progressive leaders, progressive workers in Silicon Valley.

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