Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar
  2. (noun, possession) five dollars worth of a drug
    a nickel deck of heroin
  3. (noun, substance) a hard malleable ductile silvery metallic element that is resistant to corrosion; used in alloys; occurs in pentlandite and smaltite and garnierite and millerite
  4. (verb, contact) plate with nickel

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Synonyms of Nickel

atomic number 28, ni, nickel note

Alternate forms of Nickel

Derivations: nickel

Hypernyms: coin, five dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, metal, metallic element, plate

Origin of the word Nickel

  1. 1755, coined in 1754 by Swed. mineralogist Axel von Cronstedt (1722-65) from shortening of Swed. kopparnickel "copper-colored ore" (from which it was first obtained), a half-translation of Ger. Kupfernickel, lit. "copper demon," from Kupfer (see copper) + Nickel "demon, goblin, rascal" (a pet form of masc. proper name Nikolaus, cf. Eng. Old… more

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