see also: Valence
  • IPA: /ˈveɪləns/


  1. (chemistry, medicine, obsolete) An extract; a preparation, now especially one effective against a certain number of strains of a pathogen.
  2. (chemistry) The combining capacity of an atom, radical or functional group determined by the number of electrons that it will lose, gain, or share when it combines with other atoms etc. [from 1884]
    Synonyms: valency
  3. (chemistry) The number of binding sites of a molecule, such as an antibody or antigen.
  4. (linguistics) The number of arguments that a verb can have, including its subject, ranging from zero (for the likes of "It rains") to three (for the likes of "He gives her a flower") or, less commonly, four.
    Synonyms: valency
    The number of bonds that a verb has constitutes what we will call the valence of the verb.
  5. (especially, psychology) A one-dimensional value assigned to an object, situation, or state, that can usually be positive or negative. [from 1935]
    anger and fear have negative valence
  6. (sociology) Value.
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  • IPA: /ˈvæləns/

valence (plural valences)

  1. Alternative spelling of valance

Proper noun
  1. A city/and/commune/capital in Drôme, in the.
  2. A village/commune in Charente, in the.
  3. A town/commune in Tarn-et-Garonne, in the.
  • French: Valence
  • Russian: Вала́нс

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