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Meaning of SILICON

Pronunciation:  'silukun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  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

SILICON is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: atomic number 14, Si
 See Also: chemical element, clay, element, feldspar, felspar, granite, quartz, sand, semiconducting material, semiconductor, silicone, silicone polymer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sil"i*con\, n. [See {Silica}.] (Chem.)
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}.

Computing Dictionary

1. The material used as the base (or "substrate") for most integrated circuits.

2. hardware, especially integrated circuits or microprocessor-based computer systems (compare iron).

Contrast: software. See also sandbender.

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