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 The firm's Rare Metals division produces, reclaims, refines, and markets high-value niche metals and compounds that include gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum, niobium, and hafnium. Moneyshow, Forbes, "Under-The-Radar Plays In Metals & Mining," 19 Mar. 2021 Metallic superconductors such as pure aluminum or niobium, for example, have extremely low critical temperatures, typically only a few degrees above absolute zero. Jennifer Hackett, Scientific American, "How Do They Do That? A Closer Look at Quantum Magnetic Levitation," 17 Dec. 2015 The Estonian material, on the other hand, is a byproduct of tantalum and niobium production at a metals plant near the Baltic Sea. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Radioactive material from Japan is heading to San Juan County," 16 Sep. 2020 One answer is niobium, a metal almost exclusively supplied by the South American country. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Mining from the Amazon to Arizona," 11 July 2020 It is made from a C-103 niobium alloy, a fairly strong material. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 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

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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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“Niobium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/niobium. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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