Nickel Definition

nĭkəl
nickeled, nickel, nickelled, nickels
noun
nickels
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
Webster's New World
A U.S. or Canadian coin made of an alloy of nickel and copper and equal to 5 cents.
Webster's New World
(US slang, by extension) Five dollars.
Wiktionary
(US slang, by extension) Five hundred dollars.
Wiktionary
(US slang, sometimes the nickel or the hot nickel) Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
niatomic number 28nickel-notefive centscoinfive-cent piecechemical-elementplating materialmetallic element
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verb
nickeled, nickelled, nickel, nickels
To coat with nickel.
American Heritage
pronoun
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Nickel

Noun

Singular:
nickel
Plural:
nickels

Origin of Nickel

  • 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

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

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