niobium

noun
ni·​o·​bi·​um | \ nī-ˈō-bē-əm How to pronounce niobium (audio) \

Definition of niobium

: a lustrous light gray ductile metallic element that resembles tantalum chemically and is used in alloys — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of niobium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Other elements commonly found in modern stainless steel knives include nickel, cobalt, manganese, silicon, niobium, tungsten, and even copper. Matt Foster, Field & Stream, "How High-Quality Knife Steel is Made," 8 Jan. 2020 The control and readout wires consist of a superconducting niobium-titanium alloy, which constitutes one of the most expensive individual parts of the whole assembly, according to Pedram Roushan. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Here’s what the people who claimed Google’s quantum supremacy have to say about it," 24 Oct. 2019 Pointed directly at the Sun, the SPC is mounted outside the spacecraft’s heat shield and is also built from niobium C-103. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe gets closer to 'touching the Sun'," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of niobium

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for niobium

New Latin, from Latin Niobe; from its occurrence in tantalite

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The first known use of niobium was in 1845

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“Niobium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/niobium. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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niobium

noun
ni·​o·​bi·​um | \ nī-ˈō-bē-əm How to pronounce niobium (audio) \

Medical Definition of niobium

: a lustrous light gray ductile metallic element that resembles tantalum chemically and is used in alloys symbol Nb

called also columbium

— see Chemical Elements Table

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