|a.||1.||(Chem. & Physics) Having the property of being attracted by an electro-positive body, or a tendency to pass to the positive pole in electrolysis, by the law that opposite electricities attract each other. Contrasted with neutral and electropositive|
|2.||Negative; nonmetallic; acidic; - opposed to positive, metallic, or basic.|
|3.||(Physics) carrying a negative electrical charge.|
|4.||(Chem. and Physics) having a tendency to take up electrons and form negative ions; having a relatively positive electrode potential.|
|n.||1.||(Chem. & Physics) A body which passes to the positive pole in electrolysis; an anion.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.