metalloid definition by Webster's New World
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- an element having some of, but not all, the properties of metals, as arsenic or silicon
- like a metal in appearance
- of, or having the nature of, a metalloid
metalloid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A nonmetallic element, such as arsenic, that has some of the chemical properties of a metal.
- A nonmetallic element, such as carbon, that can form an alloy with metals.
- Relating to or having the properties of a metalloid.
- Having the appearance of a metal.
metalloid - Science Definition
- An element that is not a metal but that has some properties of metals. Arsenic, for example, is a metalloid that has the visual appearance of a metal, but is a poor conductor of electricity; metalloids are generally semiconductors. The elements classified as metalloids are boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, tellurium, and polonium. Metalloids can be viewed as a diagonal section on the Period Table, separating metals from nonmetals.
- A nonmetallic element, such as carbon, that can form alloys with metals.