Definition of tungsten in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌŋst(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • The chemical element of atomic number 74, a hard steel-grey metal of the transition series. It has a very high melting point (3410°C) and is used to make electric light filaments. (Symbol: W)
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    • Kyrgyzstan has deposits of gold, coal, bismuth, mercury, antimony, tungsten, and copper.
    • While most bullets have been jacketed with copper-zinc alloy, a variety of other hard metals, including tungsten, have been used.
    • The metals tungsten and copper both exhibit very high ductilities.


late 18th century: from Swedish, from tung 'heavy' + sten 'stone'.

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