Meaning of SILICON in English


n. Chem. a non-metallic element occurring widely in silica and silicates, and used in the manufacture of glass. °Symb.: Si. silicon chip a silicon microchip. silicon carbide = CARBORUNDUM. Silicon Valley an area with a high concentration of electronics industries.

[ L silex -icis flint (after carbon, boron), alt. of earlier silicium ]

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