nickel

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Chemical element
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Nickel (element)
A US nickel coin.

Etymology[edit]

From Swedish nickel, an abbreviation of German kupfernickel (a mineral containing copper and nickel), from koppar (copper) + Nikolaus (the devil) due to the deceptive silver colour of the relatively valueless ore. Compare cobalt as related to kobolds.

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nickel (countable and uncountable, plural nickels)

  1. (uncountable) A silvery elemental metal with an atomic number of 28 and symbol Ni.
  2. (US, Canada, countable) A coin worth 5 cents.
  3. (US slang, by extension) Five dollars.
  4. (US slang, by extension) Five hundred dollars.
  5. (US slang, sometimes the nickel or the hot nickel) Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.
  6. (slang) A playing card with the rank of five
  7. (US slang) A five-year prison sentence.

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nickel (third-person singular simple present nickels, present participle nickeling, simple past and past participle nickeled)

  1. (transitive) To plate with nickel.

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

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nickel m

  1. nickel (metal)

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nickel (invariable)

  1. (slang) spotless
  2. (slang) perfect, bang on

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Swedish[edit]

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nickel n

  1. nickel; a chemical element
  2. a coin of small, but undetermined value
    Jag har inte en/ett nickel.
    I don't have a nickel

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