One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A colorless gaseous compound of silicon and hydrogen which has strong reducing properties and is spontaneously flammable in air.
Chemical formula: SiH₄
- ‘They can contain chemicals such as acrylate, peroxides, bisphenol, formaldehyde, hexane, hydroquinone, phenol, polyurethane, silane, toluene, and xylene, some of which have been suspected of toxicity.’
- ‘These sealers are silane or siloxane-based products that react with silica and silicate materials in concrete and with each other to form a hard resin that bonds with the concrete.’
- ‘But if you open up a tank of silane, you'd better have the fire department on the line already.’
- ‘The use of thick gels obviated the need for bind silane.’
- 1.1 Any of the large class of hydrides of silicon analogous to the alkanes.
- ‘That is, the structurally analogous silanes - mixtures of silicon and hydrogen - are spontaneously flammable in air.’
- ‘Siloxanes are prepolymers - the result of partial polymerization of silanes - in which the molecules are beginning to link, but only in sets of two or three, not yet in full polymeric chains.’
- ‘Mixtures of modern synthetic waxes, silanes, and lime-based putty may provide the ideal solution.’
- ‘Mixtures of silicone resins along with silanes and siloxanes work extremely well at blocking pores of all sizes at low solids levels, without changing the natural appearance of the blocks.’
- ‘Penetrants such as silanes, siloxanes and blends actually penetrate the brick surface.’
Early 20th century: from silicon + -ane.
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