bismuth

noun
bis·​muth | \ ˈbiz-məth How to pronounce bismuth (audio) \

Definition of bismuth

: a metallic element that is used in alloys, pharmaceuticals (especially bismuth subsalicylate), and in pigments for cosmetics — see Chemical Elements Table

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Other Words from bismuth

bismuthic \ biz-​ˈmə-​thik How to pronounce bismuthic (audio) , -​ˈmyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of bismuth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unleaded options include relatively cheap tin, bismuth and steel and more expensive tungsten. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Minnesota DNR rejects request for ban on lead ammunition, fishing tackle," 4 Nov. 2019 In the future, the photographer plans to test out more exotic thermites like bismuth trioxide and manganese dioxide. Wired, "Distant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are Explosions," 31 Oct. 2019 The authors tested a variety of solvents (indium, bismuth, lead, silver, and more) as well as nickel, copper, and platinum catalysts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions," 17 Nov. 2017 At the time, according to Jefferson Lab, it was commonly thought that the bismuth present with cobalt was what gave the ceramics their color. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Such haphazard poisoning of our wildlife can be avoided if sport hunters switch to widely available non-toxic ammunition, such as steel, copper, and bismuth. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "So, Scalia Was a Stonecutter?," 25 Feb. 2016 Goodyear is looking to use thermoelectric materials (like bismuth telluride and tin selenide), to generate electricity from the difference between the hottest and coolest parts of the rubber. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Goodyear Is Trying to Make an Electricity-Generating Tire," 12 Mar. 2015 At the time, according to Jefferson Lab, it was commonly thought that the bismuth present with cobalt was what gave the ceramics their color. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of bismuth

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bismuth

New Latin bismuthum, modification of German Wismut

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bismuth

noun
How to pronounce bismuth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bismuth

: a grayish-white metallic element that is used in alloys and drugs

bismuth

noun
bis·​muth | \ ˈbiz-məth How to pronounce bismuth (audio) \

Kids Definition of bismuth

: a heavy grayish white metallic chemical element that is used in alloys and in medicines

bismuth

noun
bis·​muth | \ ˈbiz-məth How to pronounce bismuth (audio) \

Medical Definition of bismuth

: a heavy brittle grayish white chiefly trivalent metallic element that is chemically like arsenic and antimony and that is used in alloys and pharmaceuticals symbol Bi — see Chemical Elements Table

Other Words from bismuth

bismuthic \ biz-​ˈməth-​ik How to pronounce bismuthic (audio) , -​ˈmyü-​thik How to pronounce bismuthic (audio) \ adjective

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