Meaning of face-centred in English:



  • Denoting a crystal structure in which there is an atom at each vertex and at the centre of each face of the unit cell.

    ‘Pure nickel is ductile and tough because it possesses a face-centered cube crystal structure up to its melting point.’
    • ‘These so-called face-centered cubic close-packed structures are common in metals such as aluminum, rhodium, iridium, copper, silver, and gold.’
    • ‘Between 417°C and its melting point of 1493°C, cobalt has a face-centered cubic structure.’
    • ‘Most metals have either a body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, or a hexagonal-close-packed structure.’
    • ‘The formal term for this orange-pile arrangement is a face-centered cubic lattice.’