molybdenum

noun
mo·​lyb·​de·​num | \ mə-ˈlib-də-nəm How to pronounce molybdenum (audio) \

Definition of molybdenum

: a metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in many properties, is used especially in strengthening and hardening steel, and is a trace element in plant and animal metabolism — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of molybdenum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made of one piece of molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel, each knife in the IKEA 365+ set is made to stay sharp for a significant amount of time, and grooves on the handles ensure a secure grip. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "The Essential Appliances, Storage, and Gadgetry for a Chef’s Kitchen," 13 Mar. 2020 At the heart of the USC system are carbide nanoparticles, a generic term for compounds of carbon and another element—in this case a silvery metal called molybdenum. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel," 19 Feb. 2020 Specifically, the group says the creek has shown signs of elevated concentrations of mercury, and elevated levels of arsenic, molybdenum, selenium, copper and thallium from mining in the area. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "New Alabama mammoth mine project long in the making," 1 Mar. 2020 About 370 people still work pulling copper and molybdenum out of the area's only remaining active mine, the Continental Pit. Kathleen Mclaughlin, Anchorage Daily News, "A once-powerful Montana mining town warily awaits final cleanup of its toxic past," 12 Feb. 2020 For raw materials including thermal coal, which is burned to generate electricity, or alloys of vanadium and molybdenum, used to toughen up steel, the drop in Chinese output has outweighed any decline in demand. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Spurs Demand for Niche Raw Materials," 12 Feb. 2020 This steel is similar to 440C (a common stainless steel), but molybdenum is added to increase performance. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 This steel is similar to 440C (a common stainless steel) but molybdenum is added to increase performance. Matt Foster, Field & Stream, "How High-Quality Knife Steel is Made," 8 Jan. 2020 The research team tested five materials: graphene, which is a simple hexagonal array format of carbon; molybdenum sulfide in monolayer form, and three MOF membranes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Water Desalination Just Got a Lot Better," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of molybdenum

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for molybdenum

New Latin, from molybdena, a lead ore, molybdenite, molybdenum, from Latin molybdaena galena, from Greek molybdaina, from molybdos lead

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The first known use of molybdenum was in 1794

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26 Mar 2020

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“Molybdenum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/molybdenum. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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molybdenum

noun
mo·​lyb·​de·​num | \ mə-ˈlib-də-nəm How to pronounce molybdenum (audio) \

Kids Definition of molybdenum

: a white metallic chemical element used in some steel to give greater strength and hardness

molybdenum

noun
mo·​lyb·​de·​num | \ -də-nəm How to pronounce molybdenum (audio) \

Medical Definition of molybdenum

: a metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in many properties, is used especially in strengthening and hardening steel, and is a trace element in plant and animal metabolism symbol Mo — see Chemical Elements Table

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