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neon

ne·on

neon

 
pronunciation:
ni an
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a gas that is one of the chemical elements. Neon is used in making electric signs, because it glows orange when an electric current passes through it. (symbol: Ne)
The city center was lit up with advertising signs of neon.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: containing or using neon.
The store had a bright neon sign over its doorway.
 
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Neon is an ancient Greek word that means "new." British scientists in 1898 chose this name for the glowing gas they had just discovered.
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The word neon contains the following part:
neo Greek root that means new, recent
synonyms:
nov