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Borax vs. Boron

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Main Difference

The main difference between Borax and Boron is that the Borax is a boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid and Boron is a chemical element with the atomic number of 5.

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Wikipedia
  • Borax (noun)

    A white or gray/grey crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors/colours on porcelain, and as a soap, etc.

  • Borax (noun)

    The sodium salt of boric acid, Na2B4O7, either anhydrous or with 5 or 10 molecules of water of crystallisation; sodium tetraborate.

  • Borax (adjective)

    Cheap or tawdry, referring to furniture or other works of industrial design.

  • Boron (noun)

    The chemical element (symbol B) with an atomic number of 5, which is a metalloid.

  • Boron (noun)

    A single atom of this element.

Wiktionary
  • Borax (noun)

    a white compound which occurs as a mineral in some alkaline salt deposits and is used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic.

  • Borax (noun)

    good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter

    "they take a bit of borax, but that is part of the job"

  • Boron (noun)

    the chemical element of atomic number 5, a non-metallic solid.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Borax (noun)

    A white or gray crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors on porcelain, and as a soap. It occurs native in certain mineral springs, and is made from the boric acid of hot springs in Tuscany. It was originally obtained from a lake in Thibet, and was sent to Europe under the name of tincal. Borax is a pyroborate or tetraborate of sodium, Na2B4O7.10H2O.

  • Boron (noun)

    A nonmetallic element occurring abundantly in borax. It is reduced with difficulty to the free state, when it can be obtained in several different forms; viz., as a substance of a deep olive color, in a semimetallic form, and in colorless quadratic crystals similar to the diamond in hardness and other properties. It occurs in nature also in boracite, datolite, tourmaline, and some other minerals. Atomic number 5. Atomic weight 10.81. Symbol B.

Webster Dictionary
  • Borax (noun)

    an ore of boron consisting of hydrated sodium borate; used as a flux or cleansing agent

  • Boron (noun)

    a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder

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