Definition of covalent in English:



  • Relating to or denoting chemical bonds formed by the sharing of electrons between atoms.

    Often contrasted with ionic
    • ‘Pairs of electrons that are not shared in covalent bonds are lone pairs.’
    • ‘The three shared pairs of electrons between the two carbon atoms create a triple covalent bond.’
    • ‘In a covalent diatomic molecule, a difference in the electronegativity of the atoms will result in a dipole moment.’
    • ‘To complete an octet, each oxygen must share two electrons in a covalent bond.’
    • ‘These rules are the result of assigning all electrons in a covalent bond to the more electronegative atom in the bond.’