Main definitions of valence in English

: valence1valence2

valence1

noun

Linguistics Chemistry
  • 1

    another term for valency
    • ‘The difference in the valence of phosphorous and silicon provides the free electrons needed for metal-like behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for chemical bond formation.
      ‘molecules with unpaired valence electrons’
      • ‘These superconductors usually contain more oxygen atoms than predicted by valence theory.’
      • ‘The metalloids have an intermediate number of valence electrons.’
      • ‘The electrons in the highest energy level are called valence electrons.’
      • ‘Oxygen has six valence electrons.’
      • ‘Nonmetals with eight valence electrons are chemically unreactive.’

Pronunciation:

valence

/ˈveɪl(ə)ns/

Main definitions of valence in English

: valence1valence2

valence2

noun