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Definition of the noun valence

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noun - plural: valences

  1. (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate
    • domain: biological science / biology
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of valence: valency
    • more generic words: power / powerfulness = possession of controlling influence
    • attributes:
      • univalent = used of a chromosome that is not paired or united with its homologous chromosome during synapsis
      • bivalent / double = used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis
      • multivalent = used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis
      • monovalent = containing only one kind of antibody
      • polyvalent = containing several antibodies each capable of counteracting a specific antigen
  2. (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)


Valence is a commune in southeastern France, the capital of the Drôme department, situated on the left bank of the Rhône, about 100 km south of Lyon, along the railway line that runs from Paris to Marseilles.


Valence is a musical group.


Valence is a fictional character from the 1986 film Quiet Cool.


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Valence, as used in psychology, especially in discussing emotions, means the intrinsic attractiveness or aversiveness of an event, object, or situation. However, the term is also used to characterize and categorize specific emotions. For example, the emotions popularly referred to as "negative", such as anger and fear, have "negative valence". Joy has "positive valence". Positively valenced emotions are evoked by positively valenced events, objects, or situations. The term is also used about the hedonic tone of feelings, affect, certain behaviors, goal attainment or nonattainment, and conformity with or violation of norms. Ambivalence can be viewed as conflict between positive and negative valence-carriers.

Phrases with Valence

Phrases starting with the word Valence:

  1. Valence band
  2. Valence Bond
  3. Valence issue
  4. Valence Shell
  5. Valence isomer
  6. valence electron

Phrases ending with the word Valence:

  1. Primary Valence
  2. Secondary Valence

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Valence

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Google previewProceedings of the High School Conference (1922)

by University of Illinois. High school visitor

Positive ionic valence is the excess positive charge left when an atom loses negative elctrons. Ngative ionic valence is the excess negative gained by adding negative electrons. The gain or loss of an electron makes the atom an ion and the ...

Google previewThe Routledge Handbook of Linguistics (2015)

by Keith Allan

Syntactic valence is the term for the combinatorial properties of a word in sentences.

Google previewImmunological Aspects of Rheumatology (2012)

by G. Dick

Furthermore, antigen valence is a critical parameter since a monovalent antigen will be totally unable to form a 'lattice' structure with the antibody, whatever its affinity. The importance of these considerations to antigen—antibody complex ...

Google previewMaking Sense, Making Worlds (2013)

Constructivism in Social Theory and International Relations by Nicholas Onuf

Valence is a property of the world, whether.

Google previewMedia Effects (2012)

by W. James Potter

Valence refers to whether the object of the attitude meets (satisfactory), exceeds ( positive), or falls short of the standard (negative). Intensity refers to how far from the standard the object is perceived to be. Thus attitudes require the skill of ...

Google previewThe Transition from Infancy to Language (1995)

Acquiring the Power of Expression by Lois Bloom

Valence is the hedonic tone or value of an expression, such as a positive tone in joy ...

Google previewChemistry (2003)

by Thomas Kardos

Valence is the potential combining power of elements and groups of elements, using hydrogen (+1) as a standard. 2. Valence electrons are those electrons that are either gained, lost, or shared. They are the electrons in the outermost orbit of ...

Google previewFundamentals of Management: Asia Pacific Edition PDF (2014)

by Richard L. Daft, Danny Samson

Valence is the value of ...

Google previewMultiMedia Modeling (2014)

21st International Conference, MMM 2015, Sydney, Australia, January 5-7, 2015, Proceedings by Xiangjian He, Suhuai Luo, Dacheng Tao, Changsheng Xu, Jie Yang, Muhammad Abul Hasan

Valence refers to positive-negative associations with affective phenomena, whereas arousal refers to energetic-calm associations. All affective stimuli can thereby be defined as a combination of these two independent dimensions. In addition ...

Google previewApplied Superconductivity (2015)

Handbook on Devices and Applications by Paul Seidel

The highest fully filled band is called valence band, while the higher partially filled or empty band is referred to as conduction band. The gap between these bands is called forbidden band or band gap, Eg. If a charged particle traverses an n- ...

Google previewLeadership: Personal Development and Career Success (2010)

by Cliff Ricketts, John Ricketts

Valence refers to one's feelings about job outcomes and is usually defined in terms of attractiveness or anticipated satisfaction. •. Instrumentality is the perceived degree of relationship between performance and outcome attainment. It exists in ...

Google previewDictionary of Chemistry

valence isomerisation van der Waals equation Electrons that can be actively involved in chemical change; usually electrons in the shell with the highest value of n. For example, sodium's ground state electron configuration is Is* 2 s2 2 pfSs1 ; ...

Google previewThe Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism (2017)

by James E. Crimmins

VALENCE UTILITARIANISM Valence Utilitarianism is a set of principles which aims to address the ontological and ethical...

Google previewLanguage Typology and Syntactic Description: Volume 3, Grammatical Categories and the Lexicon (2007)

by Timothy Shopen

Where alanguage,ashere, hasagrammaticaldeviceforgettingtoaparticular valence type, it might tend to have relatively ...

Google previewElectrochemical Dictionary (2012)

by Allen J. Bard, György Inzelt, Fritz Scholz

surface analytical methods Valence band The energy band of a solid is an ! energy interval with a quasicontinuum distribution of allowed energy levels for electrons. In solid-state physics, from the ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Inorganic Chemistry (2009)

by John Daintith

valence ( valency) The combining power of an element or radical, equal to the number of ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

ambiguity valence [Lat. valere 'to be worth'] (also valency) The term 'valence' comes from chemistry, where it is used to indicate the property of atoms to bind or replace a certain number of hydrogen atoms in a molecule. Its use in linguistics ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry (2009)

by John Daintith

valence (valency) The combining power of an element or radical, ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Condensed Matter Physics (2004)

by Charles P. Poole, Jr.

INTERMEDIATE VALENCE 631 and the surface free energy at the interface between the normal and the superconducting phases. Here Vn is the additional volume generated by the expansion of normal domains lying close to the surface.

Google previewCommon Sense Dictionary for First Responders (2006)

by Frank L. Fire

valence. The combining power of an element. See also oxidation number. valence bond theory. The theory that states ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Plastics (2012)

by D.V. Rosato, Marlene G. Rosato

valence 1. The relative ability of a substance to react or combine. 2. A positive ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2010)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

forbidden band conduction conduction band band distribution valence band valence valence band band insulator conductor semiconductor extended ASCII 308 EXPLOSIVES industrial explosives. 900-1000 Gunpowder developed in.

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Chemistry (1987)

by D. Brynn Hibbert, A.M. James

valence. Former term for OxIDATION STATE. The valence electrons are the outermost electrons responsible for bonding. The theory of valency is concerned with the attempt of atoms in molecules to attain a NOBLE GAs ...

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We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader. But the reader's own life ""outside"" the story changes the story. (David Foster Wallace)
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Scrabble value of V4A1L1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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