Silicate meaning

sĭlĭ-kāt, -kĭt
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Any of numerous compounds containing silicon, oxygen, and one or more metals; a salt of silicic acid.
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Any of a large group of minerals, forming over 90 percent of the earth's crust, that consist of SiO2 or SiO4 groupings combined with one or more metals and sometimes hydrogen.
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A salt or ester derived from silica or a silicic acid.
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Any of a large class of chemical compounds composed of silicon, oxygen, and at least one metal. Most rocks and minerals are silicates.
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Any mineral containing the group SiO4 , either isolated, or joined to other groups in chains, sheets, or three-dimensional groups with metal elements. Micas and feldspars are silicate minerals.
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(chemistry) Any salt of silica or of one of the silicic acids; any mineral composed of silicates.
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Origin of silicate

  • silic(on) + -ate

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