What does the word valence mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • The combining power of elements or radicals. valency.

Usage examples for valence

  1. 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 by W. D. Howells
  2. To which Valence nodded with an odd smile. – Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood