Share this entry

Share this page

titanium

Syllabification: ti·ta·ni·um
Pronunciation: /təˈtānēəm
 
, tīˈtānēəm
 
/

Definition of titanium in English:

noun

The chemical element of atomic number 22, a hard silver-gray metal of the transition series, used in strong, light, corrosion-resistant alloys. (Symbol: Ti)

One of the transition metals, titanium is a common element in the earth’s crust; the main sources are the minerals ilmenite and rutile. Very large quantities of the dioxide are manufactured for use as a white pigment in paper, paint, etc.

Example sentences
  • As is the case with steel, titanium is alloyed with other metals to increase its strength.
  • Fairly strong bonds of titanium with itself, copper, and steel have been produced.
  • Could you add carbon to titanium or vanadium to make them even harder and stronger?

Origin

late 18th century: from Titan, on the pattern of uranium.

Definition of titanium in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs