from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metallic element having four allotropic forms, the most common of which is a hard, extremely brittle, lustrous, silver-white, crystalline material. It is used in a wide variety of alloys, especially with lead in battery plates, and in the manufacture of flame-proofing compounds, paint, semiconductor devices, and ceramic products. Atomic number 51; atomic weight 121.76; melting point 630.5°C; boiling point 1,380°C; specific gravity 6.691; valence 3, 5. See Table at element.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chemical element (symbol Sb) with an atomic number of 51. The symbol is derived from Latin stibium.
- n. The alloy stibnite
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An elementary substance, resembling a metal in its appearance and physical properties, but in its chemical relations belonging to the class of nonmetallic substances. Atomic weight, 120. Symbol, Sb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chemical symbol, Sb (Latin stibium); atomic weight, 120. A metal of a white color and bright luster which does not readily tarnish, having a specific gravity of 6.7, crystallizing in the rhombohedral system, and in the mass ordinarily showing a crystalline structure and highly perfect cleavage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metallic element having four allotropic forms; used in a wide variety of alloys; found in stibnite
The name antimony is derived from the Greek words anti and monos, which together mean not alone, because it rarely occurs naturally in pure form.
The dictionaries define the substance as a stone from which antimony is prepared, but the Arabs understand a semi-mythical mineral of yellow colour which enters into the veins of the eyes and gives them Iynx-like vision.
"We found a chemical called antimony, which is a metal which has potential health hazards related to it," GoodGuide Co-Founder Dara O'Rourke said.
However, these toxic metals are necessary in producing colors, such as antimony, which is used for white color, and barium, which is for green.
One use of antimony, which is declining, is to make type metal for printing newspapers and magazines.
The oxide of chlorine inflames the sulphuret of antimony, which is a combustible body, and the whole mass instantly bursts into flame.
Basil Valentine called the new substance which he had discovered antimony, that is, _opposed to monks_.
Arabian kohl or antimony, which is frequently mentioned under the name of "mestem" on monuments belonging to the time of the
Ignorant of its real causes they ascribe it to the exhalations of metals, especially antimony, which is extensively used in the mining operations.
This endemic infirmity, in connection with the medical science for which Egypt was so distinguished, easily account for their discovering the uses of antimony, which is the principal ingredient in the pigments of this class.