transition metal


Definition of transition metal

  1. :  any of various metallic elements (such as chromium, iron, and nickel) that have valence electrons in two shells instead of only one —called also transition element

Origin and Etymology of transition metal

from their being transitional between the more highly and the less highly electropositive elements

First Known Use: 1940

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capable of being understood in two ways

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