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Any of a number of elements, such as oxygen or sulfur, that lack the physical and chemical properties of metals.
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(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
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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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|Noun||1.||nonmetal - a chemical element lacking typical metallic properties|
|Adj.||1.||nonmetal - not containing or resembling or characteristic of a metal; "nonmetallic elements"|
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