nickel: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (nik'ul), [key]
— n., v., adj. -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling,
- a hard, silvery-white, ductile and malleable metallic element, allied to iron and cobalt, not readily oxidized: used chiefly in alloys, in electroplating, and as a catalyst in organic synthesis. Symbol: Ni; at. wt.: 58.71; at. no.: 28; sp. gr.: 8.9 at 20°C.
- a cupronickel coin of the U.S., the 20th part of a dollar, equal to five cents.
- a nickel coin of Canada, the 20th part of a dollar, equal to five cents.
- to cover or coat with nickel; nickel-plate.
- costing or worth five dollars: a nickel bag of heroin.
- nickel (Thesaurus)
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