Nonmetal definitions

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Any of a number of elements, such as oxygen or sulfur, that lack the physical and chemical properties of metals.
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Any of those elements lacking the characteristics of a metal; specif., any of the electronegative elements (e.g., oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, fluorine, phosphorus, sulfur) whose oxides form acids and stable compounds with hydrogen.
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The definition of nonmetal is an element that doesn’t have the characteristics of metal including: ability to conduct heat or electricity, luster, or flexibility.

An example of a nonmetal element is carbon.

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(chemistry) An element, such as phosphorus or chlorine, that does not have the chemical or physical properties of a metal.
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