Definition of "nickel" []

  • A silvery, hard, ductile, ferromagnetic metallic element used in alloys, in corrosion-resistant surfaces and batteries, and for electroplating. 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. See Table at element. (noun)
  • A U.S. coin worth five cents, made of a nickel and copper alloy. (noun)
  • Slang A nickel bag. (noun)
  • To coat with nickel. (verb-transitive)
  • A malleable ductile silvery-white metallic element that is strong and corrosion-resistant, occurring principally in pentlandite and niccolite: used in alloys, esp in toughening steel, in electroplating, and as a catalyst in organic synthesis. Symbol: Ni; atomic no: 28; atomic wt: 58.6934; valency: 0, 1, 2, or 3; relative density: 8.902; melting pt: 1455°C; boiling pt: 2914°C (noun)

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  • A US and Canadian coin and monetary unit worth five cents (noun)
  • To plate with nickel (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "nickel" in a sentence
  • "They produce on the whole nearly as much copper as nickel, but the nickel is the important substance."
  • "He's still a long shot to start, and could be a redshirt candidate, but could also easily see the field in nickel or dime packages early in the year."
  • "Cochran, who could help out in nickel and dime packages, also likely will be the Falcons 'holder. —"