One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for valency
- ‘Addition reactions of inorganic molecules occur when an atom has more than one valence.’
- ‘In covalent compounds the valence of an atom may be less obvious.’
- ‘Thus, the most obvious approach would be to use the Gouy-Chapman equation or its generalized formulation for electrolytes with mixed valences, the Grahame equation.’
- ‘These data can only be explained if one assumes that the affective valence of the prime is processed, even though this is not necessary for the task at hand.’
- ‘One rather unsuccessful idea which he embarked on quite late in his career was to apply invariant theory to chemical valences.’
- ‘The difference in the valence of phosphorous and silicon provides the free electrons needed for metal-like behaviour.’
- ‘The valence of a unit is closely tied up with its dependence.’
- 1.1as modifier Relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for chemical bond formation.‘molecules with unpaired valence electrons’
- ‘The metalloids have an intermediate number of valence electrons.’
- ‘These superconductors usually contain more oxygen atoms than predicted by valence theory.’
- ‘Oxygen has six valence electrons.’
- ‘Nonmetals with eight valence electrons are chemically unreactive.’
- ‘The electrons in the highest energy level are called valence electrons.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin valentia ‘power, competence’, from valere ‘be well or strong’.
- variant spelling of valance
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