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neon

Definition:

a colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube; one of the 6 inert gasses; occurs in the air in small amounts

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

neons

Substance in:

air » wind

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

atomic number 10 | Ne [chemical formula]

Etymology:

coined by Ramsay and Travers from Greek neon, neuter of neos "new"; so called...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Neon | Ne

and atomic number 10. It's in group 18 of the periodic table. Neon is a colorless, odorless monatomic gas under standard conditions, with about two-thirds the density of air. It was discovered in 1898 as one of the three residual rare inert elements ... (43 of 3020 words, pronunciation, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Neon

Neon (disambiguation)

a chemical element. Neon may also refer to: Dodge Neon, also known as Chrysler Neon and Plymouth Neon, a compact automobile brand | National Ecological Observatory Network NEON, a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation | Neon Bus, a low-fare... (39 of 361 words, 31 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

neon | Ne [abbreviation]

chemical element, inert gas of Group 18 of the periodic table, used in electric signs and fluorescent lamps. Colourless, odourless, tasteless, and ... (22 of 404 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/408971​/neon-Ne

Collins Dictionary:

neon

a colourless odourless rare gaseous element, an inert gas occurring in ... | [modifier] of or illuminated by neon or neon lamps (21 of 437 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/neon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

neon | Ne [symbol]

gaseous chemical element; atomic number 10; atomic weight 20.179; m.p. -248.67°C; b.p. -246.048°C; density 0.8999 grams per liter at STP; valence 0. ... (22 of 202 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0835207​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

neon | Ne [symbol]

the chemical element of atomic number 10, an inert gaseous element of the ... | fluorescent lighting or signs using neon or another gas | a small lamp ... (26 of 126 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/neon

Random House Dictionary:

neon | neon lamp [sense-specific]

[chemistry] a chemically inert gaseous element occurring in small amounts ... | "neon lamp" | a sign or advertising sign formed from neon lamps. | ... (22 of 96 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/neon

American Heritage Dictionary:

neon | Ne [symbol, sense-specific]

A rare, inert gaseous element occurring in the atmosphere to the extent of ... | A neon tetra. | An extremely bright color. | Extremely bright or ... (24 of 91 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/neon

Merriam-Webster:

neon [entry 1, noun] | neoned [adjective, related]

a colorless odorless mostly inert gaseous element that is found in minute amounts in air and is used in electric lamps | a discharge lamp in which the ... (27 of 91 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/neon

neon [entry 2, adjective] | fluorescent [synonym, sense-specific]

of, relating to, or using neon | extremely bright; "fluorescent" (9 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/neon show=1

New World Dictionary:

neon | Ne [symbol]

an inert chemical element, one of the noble gases, that is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, found in small quantities in the earth's atmosphere and ... (24 of 65 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/neon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

neon [uncountable]

a gas that shines brightly when electricity flows through it, used in lights and signs ; [only before noun] using neon (21 of 45 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/neon

neon [adjective]

very bright (2 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/neon 6

Wiktionary:

neon | neons [plural] | fluorescent [synonym, sense-specific]

[uncountable] The chemical element (symbol Ne) with an atomic number of 10. | [countable] A form or sample of the element. | [uncountable] neon signs, collectively. | [countable] a neon tetra fish | [colors] Extremely bright; fluorescent. (33 of 38 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/neon

Cambridge Dictionary:

neon

a colourless gas which has no smell, does not react with other chemicals, and shines red when an electric current goes through it (23 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/neon

Encarta Dictionary:

neon | neons [plural]

a colorless odorless gaseous element that occurs in very small quantities in the air and glows orange when electricity is passed through it. | ... (23 of 76 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861682961​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

neon

First use: 1898

Origin: coined by Ramsay and Travers from Greek neon, neuter of neos "new"; so called because it was newly discovered. Neon sign is attested from 1927.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=neon

New World Dictionary:

neon

Origin: Modern Latin: so named (1898) by Sir William "Ramsay", its co-discoverer (with M. W. Travers: see "krypton") from Greek neon, neuter of neos, "new"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/neon

Oxford Dictionary:

neon | Ne [symbol]

First use: late 19th century

Origin: Greek, literally "something new", neuter of the adjective neos

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/neon

American Heritage Dictionary:

neon

Origin: Greek, neuter of neos, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/neon

Collins Dictionary:

neon

First use: 19th century

Origin: via New Latin from Greek neon new

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/neon

Wiktionary:

neon

Origin: Ancient Greek νέον, neuter of νέος ("new").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/neon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Merriam-Webster:

neon [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1898

Origin: Greek, neuter of neos new

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/neon

Encarta Dictionary:

neon | neons [plural]

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Greek, form of neos "new"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861682961​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

neon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "neon"

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Collins Dictionary:

neon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "neon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/neon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

neon [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "neon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/neon

neon [adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "neon"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

neon [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "neon"

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neon [adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "neon"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

neon

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "neon"

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the Free Dictionary:

neon

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Google Dictionary:

neon | neons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "neon"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

neon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "neon"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=neon​0001 word=neon

YourDictionary Audio:

neon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "neon" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

neon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "neon" by speech synthesizer

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