rare earth


Definition of rare earth

1 : any of a group of similar oxides of metals or a mixture of such oxides occurring together in widely distributed but relatively scarce minerals

Examples of rare earth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same should be done in respect of rare earth minerals – the stuff of which electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries are made, as demand is already growing for these and China, of course, is already hoarding accordingly. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 13 May 2022 New research from the Bank of America shows how quickly the world is depleting Earth’s finite resources, such as rare earth, fresh water, and clean air. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 China, meanwhile, accounts for over 12% of world lithium production and around 70% of rare earth metals, both of which are essential to EV batteries and many electronics. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Some workers were producing rare earth metals at the old plant, but Sillamäe was hurting. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2022 The Democratic president announced his administration is giving $35 million to MP Materials, a company that mines rare earth metals near the Nevada border in Southern California,. Kathleen Ronayne, ajc, 23 Feb. 2022 China dominates the extraction of rare earth minerals vital to the production of an electric vehicle, and does so in a manner that is far from zero-emissions and not in line with the United States' strict environmental regulations on extraction. Aubrie Spady, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2022 Lithium, battery, and rare earth names have had a rough start to the year. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The first agreement is with rare earth mining and manufacturer MP Materials based in Las Vegas. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rare earth

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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rare earth

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Medical Definition of rare earth

1 : any of a group of similar oxides of metals or a mixture of such oxides occurring together in widely distributed but relatively scarce minerals


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