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Meaning of nonmetal

non•met•al

Pronunciation: (non-met'l), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. an element not having the character of a metal, as carbon or nitrogen.
  2. an element incapable of forming simple positive ions in solution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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