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tungsten

Line breaks: tung|sten
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌŋst(ə)n
 
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Definition of tungsten in English:

noun

[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)
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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