rare earth element

noun

Definition of rare earth element

: any of a series of metallic elements of which the oxides are classed as rare earths and which include the elements of the lanthanide series and sometimes yttrium and scandium

called also rare earth metal

Examples of rare earth element in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And here China currently holds a monopoly on rare earth element (REE) extraction and processing to the tune of 90%. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Although indium is not technically a rare earth element, its economics are very much the same. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The funding would include $15 billion for demonstration projects in nascent clean energy technology, including advanced nuclear, floating offshore wind, biofuels, and rare earth element production. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2021 There is currently only one functioning U.S. rare earth element mine, Mountain Pass in California. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 4 Apr. 2021 These seabed parcels are split between 22 countries and companies hoping to extract mineral riches, including cobalt, copper, nickel and rare earth elements used in manufacturing cell phones, batteries and electric cars. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 May 2020 Trump himself has employed elements of the law to boost production of rare earth elements, small drones and sensors to detect submarines, among other products. Sarah Babbage, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2020 Her comments are a tacit admission the U.S. doesn’t have enough critical minerals: Right now, China controls 80% of the global supply chain for rare earth elements like lithium, according to the State Department. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 20 Feb. 2020 That puts uranium on the same footing with minerals like cobalt and lithium, used in the electronics industry, and rare earth elements like titanium and tin. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 17 Mar. 2020 See More

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Rare earth element.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rare%20earth%20element. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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rare earth element

noun

Medical Definition of rare earth element

: any of a series of metallic elements of which the oxides are classed as rare earths and which include the elements of the lanthanide series and sometimes yttrium and scandium

called also rare earth metal

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