Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
neon

ne·on

neon

 
 
pronunciation:
ni an
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word History, Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a chemical element of the inert gas group that has ten protons in each nucleus and that is used in liquid form as a refrigerant, and in gaseous form as an atmosphere for electrical discharge lamps because it glows a brilliant orange when excited by electricity. (symbol: Ne)
definition 2: an advertising sign or the like formed from tubular electrical discharge lamps filled with neon or other glowing gases.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: containing or using neon.
 
definition 2: formed of tubular electrical discharge lamps containing neon or other similar gases.
a neon sign
definition 3: (informal) characteristic of a gaudy urban nightlife area; cheap, colorful, and tawdry.
Word History
Neon is an ancient Greek word that means "new." British scientists in 1898 chose this name for the glowing gas they had just discovered.
Word Explorer
See
  element
Word Parts
The word neon contains the following part:
neo Greek root that means new, recent
synonyms:
nov