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Definition of "nonmetal" [non•met•al]

  • Any of a number of elements, such as oxygen or sulfur, that lack the physical and chemical properties of metals. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nonmetal" in a sentence
  • "Another 232 were issued to metal and nonmetal mines, a category that includes quarries and cement plants, among other things."
  • "The problem is that if these irresponsible narcissists get publicity, talk show and tv time and fame and promote their desire for moneymaking opportunities ... it will encourage others to do the same stupid stunts and maybe one of them will be carrying plastic explosives, poison, or some other nonmetal weopen, thus endangering our President, his family, staff, and guests. ..."
  • "The interiors are about 14% of the weight, with the remaining 15% from other car parts that are made from nonmetal glass, electrical components, doors, liquids and closures."