1. silicon

noun. ['ˈsɪləkən'] 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.


  • semiconductor
  • element
  • Si
  • sand
  • chemical element
  • atomic number 14
  • clay
  • semiconducting material
  • quartz
  • silicone
  • silicone polymer
  • felspar
  • granite


  • software
  • curve
  • roughen
  • unsteadiness


  • silex (Latin)
  • silica (English)
  • silex (Irish)

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Rhymes with Silicon

  • millikan
  • gillikin

How do you pronounce silicon?

Pronounce silicon as ˈsɪləkən.

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Sentences with silicon

1. Noun, singular or mass
Using a silicon blade, cut from the bottom up along the chalk line.

2. Adjective
The saponins in these foods are even beneficial, improving calcium and silicon absorption and aiding digestion.

Quotes about silicon

1. ...Something we once loved, and love now, in the shape of a book. Maybe eBooks are going to take over, one day, but not until those whizzkids in Silicon Valley invent a way to bend the corners, fold the spine, yellow the pages, add a coffee ring or two and allow the plastic tablet to fall open at a favorite page.
- Russell T. Davies, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy