how to pronounce silicon


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silicon is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of silicon in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to these gadgets from Silicon Valley …”

meanings of silicon


  1. A single atom of this element.
  2. A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.
  3. Abbreviation of silicon chip.
  4. Computer processor.
  5. Computing.

silicon frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word silicon occurs in english on average 2.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics silicon can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that silicon can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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