tung·​sten | \ ˈtəŋ-stən How to pronounce tungsten (audio) \

Definition of tungsten

: a gray-white heavy high-melting ductile hard polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and molybdenum in many of its properties and is used especially in carbide materials and electrical components (such as lamp filaments) and in hardening alloys (such as steel) — see Chemical Elements Table

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Recent Examples on the Web The Custom Shop also will offer more than 35 shotshell combinations loaded with Federal’s dense tungsten super shot (TSS) designed for turkey and waterfowl hunters. Field & Stream, "Federal Launches the Custom Shop," 2 Oct. 2020 Winchester Long Beard delivered the extra yards, and at the price of lead, not tungsten. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Turkey Gear Hall of Fame," 4 May 2020 Processors will strip out their coltan, gold, tin, and tungsten so they can be used in new equipment, thus reducing demand for new mining. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Porsche's solution, developed with Bosch, sprays a 0.004-inch tungsten-carbide coating onto iron discs, making them five times harder. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Brake-Dust Busters: Porsche's New Brake Rotors Promise to Keep Wheels Clean," 15 Apr. 2020 Incandescent The original electric light bulb as developed by Thomas Edison and his contemporaries in the mid-to-late 19th century, incandescent bulbs are made of glass with a gas like argon plus a tungsten filament inside. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "The 6 Main Types of Light Bulbs and How to Use Them in Your Home," 1 Apr. 2020 That great sink rate is due to the fly’s big tungsten bead head and the glassy coat of epoxy usually applied to it. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "9 Simple Flies for Catching Early-Season Trout," 30 Mar. 2020 For bottom-sulking panfish, and for deeply suspended fish in creek channels, a Prince Nymph with a tungsten beadhead dives deeper and faster. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 Dress a small tungsten jig in the 3-to-5 mm range with one or two waxworms, or twice that many spikes, to create a compact, buggy bluegill bait with powerful visual, scent, and taste appeal. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tungsten

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tungsten

Swedish, from tung heavy + sten stone

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“Tungsten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tungsten. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tungsten

: a hard metal that is used to make the thin wire in light bulbs and to harden other metals (such as steel)


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Kids Definition of tungsten

: a grayish white hard metallic chemical element used especially for electrical parts (as for the fine wire in an electric light bulb) and to make alloys (as steel) harder


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Medical Definition of tungsten

: a gray-white heavy high-melting ductile hard polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and molybdenum in many of its properties and is used especially for electrical purposes and in hardening alloys (as steel) symbol W

called also wolfram

— see Chemical Elements Table

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