ti·​ta·​ni·​um | \ tī-ˈtā-nē-əm How to pronounce titanium (audio) , tə- also -ˈta-nē-əm How to pronounce titanium (audio) , -ˈtan-yəm\

Definition of titanium

: a silvery-gray light strong metallic element with atomic number 22 obtained from ilmenite and rutile and used especially in alloys, refractory materials, pigments, and medical and dental devices — see Chemical Elements Table

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After the season wraps up, Daly plans on having half-knee replacement surgery on his knee with an insert made of plastic and titanium. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "John Daly playing in Lexington this week after being denied golf cart at Open Championship," 17 July 2019 SpaceX said in a statement that titanium has been used safely in many other spacecraft over the years. Samantha Masunagastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX capsule explosion means it probably won’t fly astronauts until 2020," 15 July 2019 Upon contact, the oxidizer and titanium reacted explosively. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "SpaceX found the problem that blew up its Crew Dragon spacecraft," 15 July 2019 The sub exceeded the crush depth of its titanium hull but is still in one piece. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "30 Years Later, a Sunken Soviet Sub Is Still Leaking Radioactivity," 12 July 2019 In May, Whitcraft, a manufacturer of nickel and titanium alloy parts, announced the acquisition of the Scarborough, Maine, and Tempe, Ariz., operations of LAI International, which makes aircraft engine components. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "When global becomes local: Connecticut manufacturers benefit from worldwide aerospace boom," 11 July 2019 Apple is releasing its own titanium credit card this summer, and even those cardholders will have an incentive to use the phone version. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "End of the Wallet: Phone-Based Driver’s Licenses and MetroCards Are Put to the Test," 27 June 2019 Dmytro Firtash was indicted in 2014 for what federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois allege was his role in bribing Indian officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to Boeing. NBC News, "Lawyer: Dmytro Firtash could be extradited to U.S. by early July," 6 June 2019 In terms of volume, this is the largest functional component produced from titanium by additive manufacturing methods. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche and Bugatti turn to 3D printing for complex or rare parts," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of titanium

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titanium

New Latin, from Greek Titan

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English Language Learners Definition of titanium

: a very strong and light silvery metal


ti·​ta·​ni·​um | \ tī-ˈtān-ē-əm, tə- also -ˈtan-\

Medical Definition of titanium

: a silvery gray light strong metallic element found combined in ilmenite and rutile and used especially in alloys (as steel) and combined in refractory materials and in coatings symbol Ti — see Chemical Elements Table

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