silica [sil-i-kuh] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the dioxide form of silicon, SiO2, occurring especially as quartz sand, flint, and agate: used usually in the form of its prepared white powder chiefly in the manufacture of glass, water glass, ceramics, and abrasives.

Origin of silica 1795–1805; New Latin, derivative of Latin silex silex Also called silicon dioxide. Examples from the Web for silica Historical Examples of silica

  • It is composed of silica, alumina, carbonate of lime, magnesia and oxide of iron.

    Museum of Antiquity

    L. W. Yaggy

  • The most important determinations for these are total alkali and silica.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

    W. H. Simmons

  • Many of these knives have silica blades, some of the handles being of jade.

    Chats on Household Curios

    Fred W. Burgess

  • Silica is soluble in alkaline waters, especially when these are hot.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

  • Hence the relationship of the oxygen in the base to the oxygen in the silica is as one to two.

    The Potter’s Craft

    Charles F. Binns

  • British Dictionary definitions for silica silica noun

    1. the dioxide of silicon, occurring naturally as quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite. It is a refractory insoluble material used in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, and abrasives
    2. short for silica glass

    Word Origin for silica C19: New Latin, from Latin: silex Word Origin and History for silica n.

    “hard silicon dioxide,” 1801, Modern Latin, from Latin silex (genitive silicis) “flint, pebble,” on model of alumina, soda.

    silica in Medicine silica [sĭl′ĭ-kə] n.

    1. A crystalline compound occurring abundantly as quartz, sand, and many other minerals and used to manufacture a variety of materials, especially glass and concrete.

    silica in Science silica [sĭl′ĭ-kə]

    1. A chemical compound that is the main constituent of most of the Earth’s rocks. Silica occurs naturally in five crystalline forms (quartz, tridymite, cristobalite, coesite, and stishovite), in a cryptocrystalline form (chalcedony), and in an amorphous form (opal). It is also the main chemical compound in sand. Silica is used to make glass, concrete, and other materials. Also called silicon dioxide. Chemical formula: SiO2.

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