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 element table
Recent Examples of tungsten from the Web
The report listed three other products — aluminum ingots, ammonium paratungstate and tungsten trioxide — that Hongxiang sold to North Korea and that the United States Commerce Department considers to have possible civilian and nuclear uses.
Made with a space-age tungsten micro-filament, the iBrew is simple to use.
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Origin and Etymology of tungsten
Swedish, from tung heavy + sten stone
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
TUNGSTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tungsten for English Language Learners
: 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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Definition of tungsten for Students
: 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
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 element table
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