Associations to the word «Silicon»


SILICON, noun. (chemistry) A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.
SILICON, noun. A single atom of this element.
SILICON, noun. (slang) computing
SILICON, noun. (slang) computer processor
SILICON, noun. Abbreviation of silicon chip.
SILICON ALKOXIDE, noun. (chemistry) Any compound of general formula Si(OR)4, the tetraalkyl orthosilicates; they react with water to for aerogels of silica.
SILICON ALLEY, proper noun. A group of Internet-related companies in Manhattan, New York
SILICON BEACH, proper noun. Any of several coastal towns or cities that host hi-tech industries; examples include Los Angeles and Brighton
SILICON BURNING, noun. (physics) (astronomy) the nucleosynthesis process, in stars where temperatures exceed 3x109K, in which silicon undergoes photodisintegration to form fragments which in turn produce elements up to those of atomic number 60, peaking at iron
SILICON CARBIDE, noun. (chemistry) A binary compound of silicon and carbon, SiC; it is one of the hardest known materials, and is used as an abrasive, under the trade name Carborundum, and as a refractory material.
SILICON CARBIDES, noun. Plural of silicon carbide
SILICON CHIP, noun. A wafer of silicon on which an integrated circuit has been built; a microchip
SILICON CHIPS, noun. Plural of silicon chip
SILICON DIOXIDE, noun. (chemistry) A hard glassy mineral, SiO₂, occurring as quartz, sand, opal etc. Informally known as silica.
SILICON ESTER, noun. (chemistry) Any compound of silicon containing multiple alkoxide groups.
SILICON FEN, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses around Cambridge, England
SILICON FOREST, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses around Portland, Oregon.
SILICON GERMANIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) The binary compound, SiGe of silicon and germanium; sometimes considered to be a simple alloy silicon germanium.
SILICON GERMANIUM, noun. (inorganic chemistry) An alloy of silicon and germanium used as a semiconductor.
SILICON GLEN, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses in central Scotland
SILICON HILLS, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses around Austin, Texas
SILICON HYDRIDE, noun. (chemistry) Any hydride of silicon; a silane.
SILICON HYDRIDES, noun. Plural of silicon hydride
SILICON IRON, noun. (inorganic chemistry) Ferrosilicon.
SILICON MONOXIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) A chemical compound with the formula SiO. In the atmosphere it oxidizes quickly into SiO₂, but has been detected in stellar objects and has been described as the most common oxide of silicon in the universe.
SILICON NITRIDE, noun. (chemistry) An inorganic polymer, of empirical formula Si3N4, used in ceramics and some transistors.
SILICON OXIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) Silicon dioxide, silica.
SILICON PHOTONICS, noun. The technology discipline related to production of optical switching electronic devices using integrated circuit manufacturing technology
SILICON PLANET, noun. A silicate planet
SILICON PLANETS, noun. Plural of silicon planet
SILICON PRAIRIE, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses around Schaumburg, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, or Ames, Iowa
SILICON RUBBER, noun. Alternative spelling of silicone rubber
SILICON SENTIER, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses in France
SILICON STEEL, noun. An alloy of iron and silicon that has important magnetic properties.
SILICON TETRABROMIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) The binary compound of silicon and bromine SiBr4.
SILICON TETRACHLORIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) The binary compound of silicon and chlorine SiCl4.
SILICON TETRAFLUORIDE, noun. (inorganic compound) The binary compound of silicon and fluorine SiF4, a colourless, poisonous gas with a pungent odour, used in the production of silicon semiconductors.
SILICON VALLEY, proper noun. A nickname originally for the region of the San Francisco Bay Area in which there are a high number of industries producing silicon chips and later extended to mean the entire concentration of high-tech businesses in this area.
SILICON WADI, proper noun. The area of high-tech businesses in Israel
SILICON WAFER, noun. A thin slice of silicon used to fabricate semiconductor devices such as integrated circuits.
SILICON WAFERS, noun. Plural of silicon wafer

Dictionary definition

SILICON, noun. A tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors.

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