tungsten

noun
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 Unleaded options include relatively cheap tin, bismuth and steel and more expensive tungsten. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Minnesota DNR rejects request for ban on lead ammunition, fishing tackle," 4 Nov. 2019 From every 100,000 iPhone devices, Daisy has the potential to recover: 1500 kg aluminum, 1.1 kg gold, 6.3 kg silver, 32 kg rare earth elements, 83 kg tungsten, 1,000 kg copper, 29 kg tin, 790 kg cobalt, 1,400 kg steel, according to Apple. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Apple's Sustainable iPhone Trade-In Program Works," 6 Nov. 2019 The paper also reported the work could be done in a matter of minutes using diamond grit and tungsten carbide blades. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'You can cut through anything': Trump dismisses news of smugglers sawing through new border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 Online video demonstrations of reciprocating saws show that commercially available diamond grit and tungsten carbide blades are capable of slicing through thick pieces of steel and concrete in significantly less time. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 Online video demonstrations of reciprocating saws show that commercially available diamond grit and tungsten carbide blades are capable of slicing through thick pieces of steel and concrete in significantly less time. Nick Miroff, The Denver Post, "Smuggling gangs are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 For the next version, Horton used a wider tungsten electrode to repeatedly puncture two opposing patches on the trap's sides. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016 One notable example was the discovery of three particularly rare elements found — hafnium, uranium and tungsten. Fox News, "Shocking Moon discovery: Earth's satellite 100M years older than previously thought, study says," 1 Aug. 2019 But according to The Telegraph, the water is actually filled with hazardous chemical waste that poured out from a closed World War II-era tungsten mine. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Instagram Influencers Sick After Swimming in Turquoise Lake That Is Actually a Toxic Dump," 25 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tungsten. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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tungsten

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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)

tungsten

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

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

tungsten

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

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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