Definition: Meaning of, nickel in English to English dictionary.

Pronunciation: / ˈnɪk(ə)l /

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nickel nickels
  1. [uncountable] a hard silver-white metal that is often combined with other metals, for example to make steel. It is a chemical ELEMENT : symbol Ni
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  2. [countable] a coin in the US or Canada that is worth five cents
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nickel used in phrases

  • chrome-nickel steel (noun)
    1. elinvar is a trademark for a kind of steel used for watch springs because its elasticity is constant over a wide range of temperatures
  • nickel alloy (noun)
    1. an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
  • nickel bronze (noun)
    1. a bronze containing up to 30% nickel
  • nickel note (noun)
    1. five dollars worth of a drug
  • nickel silver (noun)
    1. a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel
  • nickel steel (noun)
    1. an alloy steel containing nickel
  • nickel-and-dime (verb)
    1. to not give enough attention or money to something, with the result that it is not dealt with effectively
    nickel-and-dime (adjective)
    1. unimportant or involving little money
  • nickel-base alloy (noun)
    1. an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
  • nickel-cadmium accumulator (noun)
    1. a rechargeable battery with a nickel cathode and a cadmium anode; often used in emergency systems because of its low discharge rate when not in use
  • nickel-iron accumulator (noun)
    1. a storage battery having a nickel oxide cathode and an iron anode with an electrolyte of potassium hydroxide; each cell gives about 1.2 volts
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