Part of speech: noun

The combining power of elements or radicals. valency.

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Usage examples "valence":

  1. 174, 183 Valence, William de, Earl of Pembroke, ii. - "History of the English People, Index", John Richard Green.
  2. Mr. Fellows, the painter, makes a long summer; he bought an old farm- house, and built a studio; Miss Jennings, the flower- painter, has a little box there, too; Mr. Chapley, the publisher, of New York, has built; the Misses Clevinger, and Mrs. Valence, are all near us. - "Annie Kilburn A Novel", W. D. Howells.
  3. To which Valence nodded with an odd smile. - "Baree, Son of Kazan", James Oliver Curwood.