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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The EN700 Pro has a 10-millimeter driver in each earpiece with an N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil transducer with a polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 The frame Twenty-five years ago, bicycle makers bought tubes of whatever material—steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, even titanium—and then figured out how to link them up to make a bike. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 Company founder Jim Jannard posted today that the titanium version of the phone is delayed. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Red delays Hydrogen One phone again, pledges to give buyers a free aluminum version," 28 Sep. 2018 Going at Mach 3 also generated temperatures that could melt typical aluminum airframes, so the SR-71 had to be covered in titanium. Erik Schechter, Popular Mechanics, "What Made the SR-71 Blackbird Such a Badass Plane," 28 Apr. 2015 But give a point sufficient current and a thread of titanium will form, connecting the two bits of platinum. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 Surgeons replaced the flap of skin with a titanium plate dozens of surgeries later. Emily Deciccio, Fox News, "Service dog training program offers hope, rehab to inmates and soldiers," 19 July 2018 The team is starting with Ti-6AI-4V, a common titanium alloy used in aerospace. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Putting A.I. Brains Into 3D Printers Will Change the Game for the Navy," 1 Oct. 2018 That puts super wood on a par with some of the lightweight titanium alloys used in high-strength aerospace components. The Economist, "Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres," 14 June 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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