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Any of several forces, especially the ionic bond, covalent bond, and metallic bond, by which atoms or ions are bound in a molecule or crystal.
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|Noun||1.||chemical bond - an electrical force linking atoms|
covalent bond - a chemical bond that involves sharing a pair of electrons between atoms in a molecule
cross-link, cross-linkage - a side bond that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
hydrogen bond - a chemical bond consisting of a hydrogen atom between two electronegative atoms (e.g., oxygen or nitrogen) with one side be a covalent bond and the other being an ionic bond
electrostatic bond, electrovalent bond, ionic bond - a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains an electron to form a negative ion
metallic bond - a chemical bond in which electrons are shared over many nuclei and electronic conduction occurs
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