Adjective "nickel" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 28.
  1. 'Other plated metals include nickel, copper, and gold.'
  2. 'Base metals such as nickel and copper are facing production deficits (this means that there is more demand than supply).'
  3. 'The QNI Yabulu refinery is part of BHP-Billiton Stainless Steels and processes nickel and cobalt.'
  4. 'We are already exporting gold and we have substantial resources of silver, uranium, nickel, cobalt, the deposits of which need further investigation.'
  5. 'The most common alloying elements are aluminum, nickel, silicon, tin, and zinc.'
  6. 'As well as cadmium in batteries, handsets can contain plastics, ceramics, copper, flame retardants, nickel, zinc, silver and other metals.'
  7. 'I'm not aware of any organic molecule that's green without the help of a metal like nickel or copper.'
  8. 'Other trace elements such as iodine, uranium, nickel, lead, iron, and lithium also exist in the Dead Sea water.'
  9. 'Experts disagree about the possible extent to which nickel in foods can cause an allergic reaction.'
  10. 'If there was a shortage of gold and silver, then cheaper nickel or copper were used in the coins.'
A five-cent coin; five cents.
  1. 'we will see gasoline prices go up about a nickel'
  2. 'I don't know about Britain, but it used to be that one could get one's gas pumped for an extra nickel a gallon.'
  3. 'I got out all my change, and put it on the counter: two pennies, two nickels, two quarters.'
  4. 'It doesn't matter if it's pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters or hundred dollar bills.'
  5. 'For decades mainstream black organizations such as the NAACP relied on the nickels and dimes of poor and working class blacks for their support.'
  6. 'She'd given the restaurant all she had in her purse, a grand total of twenty-seven dollars and thirty six cents, the last dollar and thirty-six cents in pennies and nickels.'
  7. 'Think of the things she could do with these quarters, these nickels and pennies.'
  8. 'Several informants told of being assessed a fine with fees ranging from pennies to nickels to dimes to quarters for each word of Spanish uttered.'
  9. 'You have five quarters, two nickels, three dimes and a penny in your pocket.'
  10. 'The woman's face fell as Anne counted out exact change from her mass of nickels, dimes, pennies, and quarters.'
  11. 'One evening while raiding a grocery store cash register with some friends for nickels and dimes, he is arrested and taken to a juvenile prison.'


Coat with nickel.
  1. 'Riggs had executed scrollwork on more than 75 percent of the big Smith and then had it satin nickeled to better show off the engraving.'

More definitions

1. Chemistry. a hard, silvery-white, ductile and malleable metallic element, allied to iron and cobalt, not readily oxidized: used chiefly in alloys, in electroplating, and as a catalyst in organic synthesis. Symbol:Ni; atomic weight:5

8.71; atomic number:28; specific gravity:

8.9 at 20°C.

2. a cupronickel coin of the U.S., the 20th part of a dollar, equal to five cents.

3. a nickel coin of Canada, the 20th part of a dollar, equal to five cents. verb (used with object), nickeled, nicke

More examples(as adjective)

"tins can be nickel at rupees."

"sources can be nickel for mills."

"percents can be nickel in/at/on percents."

"percents can be nickel in currencies."

"prices can be nickel."

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Mid 18th century: shortening of German Kupfernickel, the copper-coloured ore from which nickel was first obtained, from Kupfer ‘copper’ + Nickel ‘demon’ (with reference to the ore's failure to yield copper).