Definition of vanadium in English:

vanadium

Line breaks: van|adium
Pronunciation: /vəˈneɪdɪəm
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 23, a hard grey metal of the transition series, used to make alloy steels. (Symbol: V)
More example sentences
  • For high strength grades, aluminum, vanadium, or columbium may be used for grain refinement.
  • Nitrogen additions to high-strength steels containing vanadium have become commercially important because the additions enhance precipitation hardening.
  • When waste oils are burned in incinerators, toxic metals such as nickel, vanadium and cadmium get ensnared in the particles given off into the atmosphere.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Old Norse Vanadis (a name of the Scandinavian goddess Freya).

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