Definition of covalent in English:


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  • Relating to or denoting chemical bonds formed by the sharing of electrons between atoms.

    Often contrasted with ionic

    ‘Pairs of electrons that are not shared in covalent bonds are lone pairs.’
    • ‘The three shared pairs of electrons between the two carbon atoms create a triple covalent bond.’
    • ‘In a covalent diatomic molecule, a difference in the electronegativity of the atoms will result in a dipole moment.’
    • ‘These rules are the result of assigning all electrons in a covalent bond to the more electronegative atom in the bond.’
    • ‘To complete an octet, each oxygen must share two electrons in a covalent bond.’



/ˌkōˈvālənt/ /ˌkoʊˈveɪlənt/