Meaning of NICKEL in English


Variant: also nick · le

Pronunciation: ' ni-k ə l

Function: noun

Etymology: probably from Swedish nickel, from German Kupfernickel niccolite (mineral containing nickel arsenide) probably from Kupfer copper + Nickel goblin; from the deceptive copper color of niccolite

Date: 1755

1 : a silver-white hard malleable ductile metallic element capable of a high polish and resistant to corrosion that is used chiefly in alloys and as a catalyst ― see ELEMENT table

2 a (1) : the U.S. 5-cent piece regularly containing 25 percent nickel and 75 percent copper (2) : the Canadian 5-cent piece b : five cents

3 slang : a packet containing five dollars worth of an illicit drug (as marijuana) ― called also nickel bag

4 : a pass defense in football that employs five defensive backs

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.