Rubber vs Silicon - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between rubber and silicon

is that rubber is (uncountable) pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene or rubber can be (sports) a series of an odd number of games or matches of which a majority must be won (thus precluding a tie), especially a match consisting of the best of a series of three games in bridge or whist while silicon is silicone.

As a verb rubber

is to eavesdrop on a telephone call.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

rubber

English

(wikipedia rubber)

Etymology 1

The substance was originally named for its ability to function as an eraser. The senses not having to do with rubbing or erasing are secondarily derived from the name of the substance.

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (uncountable) Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene.
  • (uncountable, countable) Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber.
  • (countable, UK) An eraser.
  • * 2006 , Lisa Kervin, Research for Educators , page 148,
  • For example, they may use paddle pop sticks, hand span, pencils, rubbers , mathematics equipment (i.e. base 10 material) or anything else the teacher can find to measure the lengths of nominated objects.
  • * 2010 , Anna Jacobs, Beyond the Sunset , unnumbered page,
  • Drawing materials,'' he thought, ''I used to love drawing as a lad. I can afford some plain paper and pencils, surely? And a rubber''', too.'' He smiled at the memory of an elderly uncle, also fond of drawing, who?d always called ' rubbers ‘lead eaters’.
  • * 2011 , Patrick Lindsay, The Spirit of the Digger , Revised edition, unnumbered page,
  • Stan stole a diary and some pens, pencils, ink and rubbers during his early days as a POW working on the Singapore docks.
  • (countable, North America, slang) A condom.
  • Not covered by funds on account.
  • (countable) Someone or something which rubs.
  • * 1949 , LIFE (11 July 1949, page 21)
  • What perplexity plagues the chin-rubber in the foreground and what so discourages the man leaning on the lamp post? And to what doom is the large man at right moving? Photographer Cowherd has no answers.
  • (countable, baseball) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch.
  • Jones toes the rubber and then fires to the plate.
  • (North America, in the plural) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, overshoes.
  • Johnny, don't forget your rubbers today.
  • (uncountable, slang) Tires, particularly racing tires.
  • Jones enters the pits to get new rubber .
    Synonyms
    * (condom) see .
    Derived terms
    * rubber band * rubber bullet * rubberize * rubber johnny * rubber jungle * rubber plant * rubber policeman * rubber room * rubber tree * rubbery

    Etymology 2

    Origin unknown.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (sports) A series of an odd number of games or matches of which a majority must be won (thus precluding a tie), especially a match consisting of the best of a series of three games in bridge or whist.
  • * 1907 May 25, in The Publishers' Weekly , number 1843, page 1608 [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZCADAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22her%20grand-aunt%22&pg=PA1608#v=onepage&q=%22her%20grand-aunt%22&f=false]:
  • an old lady's innocent rubber .
  • (sports) A game or match played to break a tie.
  • The game of rubber bridge.
  • "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber'. It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I have not had my ' rubber ." "I think you will find that you will play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and that the play will be more exciting."
    See also
    * burn rubber * dead rubber

    Etymology 3

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To eavesdrop on a telephone call
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    silicon

    Etymology 1

    From the stem of (etyl) .

    Noun

    (-)
  • (chemistry) A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.
  • Usage notes

    Do not confuse silicon' with ' silicone .

    Synonyms

    * silicium (obsolete), silicum (obsolete)

    Derived terms

    * Cwm Silicon * ekasilicon * ferrosilicon * float-zone silicon * lithium-drifted silicon detector * silico- * * * * silicon alkoxide * Silicon Alley * silicon-based * silicon carbide * silicon chip * silicon controlled rectifier * silicon dioxide * silicon ester * Silicon Fen * Silicon Forest * silicon germanide * silicon germanium * Silicon Glen * Silicon Hills * silicon hydride * silicon iron * siliconise, siliconize * silicon oxide * silicon photonics * Silicon Prairie * Silicon Sentier * silicon steel * silicon tetrachloride * silicon tetrafluoride * Silicon Valley * Silicon Wadi * silicon wafer * strained silicon

    See also

    * agate * amethyst * asbestos * clay * feldspar * flint * glass * granite * hornblende * jasper * mica * opal * quartz * rock crystal * sand

    Etymology 2

    From the silicon chips used in computers

    Noun

    (-)
  • (slang) computing
  • (slang) computer processor