Nickel meaning

nĭkəl
To plate with nickel.
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(uncountable) A silvery elemental metal with an atomic number of 28 and symbol Ni.
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To plate with nickel.
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A hard, silver-white, malleable metallic chemical element, used extensively in alloys, batteries, and for plating because of its resistance to oxidation: symbol, Ni; at. no. 28
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A silvery, hard, ductile metallic element that occurs in ores along with iron or magnesium. It resists oxidation and corrosion and is used to make alloys such as stainless steel. It is also used as a coating for other metals. Atomic number 28; atomic weight 58.69; melting point 1,453°C; boiling point 2,732°C; specific gravity 8.902; valence 0, 1, 2, 3.
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(US, Canada, countable) A coin worth 5 cents.
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(US slang, by extension) Five dollars.
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(US slang, by extension) Five hundred dollars.
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(US slang, sometimes the nickel or the hot nickel) Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.
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(slang) A playing card with the rank of five.
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(US slang) A five-year prison sentence.
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A silvery, hard, ductile, ferromagnetic metallic element used in corrosion-resistant alloys, stainless steel, catalysts for hydrogenation, and batteries, and for electroplating. Atomic number 28; atomic weight 58.69; melting point 1,455°C; boiling point 2,913°C; specific gravity 8.902; valence 0, 1, 2, 3.
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A coin of the United States or Canada worth five cents.
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To coat with nickel.
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A U.S. or Canadian coin made of an alloy of nickel and copper and equal to 5 cents.
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Origin of nickel

  • Swedish short for kopparnickel niccolite partial translation of German Kupfernickel Kupfer copper Nickel demon, rascal, from the deceptive copper color of the ore (from the name Nikolaus Nicholas)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Swedish nickel, an abbreviation of German kupfernickel (“a mineral containing copper and nickel"), from koppar (“copper") + Nikolaus (“the devil") due to the deceptive silver colour of the relatively valueless ore. Compare cobalt as related to kobolds.

    From Wiktionary

  • One of the variant spellings of Nichol, a Middle English vernacular form of the given name Nicholas.

    From Wiktionary