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Any of a number of elements, such as oxygen or sulfur, that lack the physical and chemical properties of metals.


(Elements & Compounds) any of a number of chemical elements that form negative ions, have acidic oxides, and are generally poor conductors of heat and electricity


(nɒnˈmɛt l)

1. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen.
2. an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution.
non`me•tal′lic (-məˈtæl ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.nonmetal - a chemical element lacking typical metallic properties
chemical element, element - any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
Adj.1.nonmetal - not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal; "nonmetallic elements"


[ˈnɒnˈmɛtl] n (Chem) → non metallo
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