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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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 This nickel titanium alloy rearranges at an atomic level and regains its shape once the load is taken off. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "NASA’s Airless Tire for Mars Missions Has a Great Memory [Video]," 1 Feb. 2018 This latest version follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, with a roomy interior, durable exterior, and a hard shell in titanium, black, and silver. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "RIMOWA's New Pop-Up Is One More Reason to Visit Aspen This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 In between the blocks, the researchers placed a seven-nanometer layer of a mix of titanium oxide and hafnium oxide. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 Serious travelers should also bookmark Swell’s titanium water bottle, Aesop’s Jet Set skincare kit, and Tumi’s international adaptor—all of which make great gifts, too, at $50 or less. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without," 7 Nov. 2018 The phones feature a titanium alloy frame, a real leather finish on the back, and a gull-wing door-style rear panel that opens to reveal your SIM card slot. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Luxury manufacturer Vertu returns with Aster P smartphones," 19 Oct. 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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