va·​na·​di·​um | \ və-ˈnā-dē-əm How to pronounce vanadium (audio) \

Definition of vanadium

: a silvery-grayish malleable ductile metallic element obtained from minerals and used especially to form alloys and in catalysts — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of vanadium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia also supplies other essential A&D materials such as aluminum, nickel, cobalt, and vanadium. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 28 June 2022 One thermochromic material that’s long been studied is vanadium dioxide (VO2), says materials scientist Harlan Byker, who founded the company Pleotint, a maker of dynamic window glass. Brittney J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2022 One of her older designs, involving vanadium, is ubiquitous today in pacemakers. Gregory Barber, Wired, 1 Feb. 2022 An element commonly used as an alloy for steel, vanadium is available in more ample supplies than lithium. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 Since solar production disappears from the grid when the sun goes down and wind production wanes when breezes die down, storage facilities — using things like lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow batteries — will be relied upon to fill in the gaps. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 The perfect recipe for a solid-state battery could very well involve a dash of zirconium, or a sprinkle of vanadium. Gregory Barber, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 As well as finding traces of iron, chromium, vanadium, magnesium and manganese in its atmosphere the team also detected titanium oxide. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The vanadium redox flow battery system in Bonita was the first of its kind to be connected to the state’s grid. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vanadium

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanadium

latinization of Swedish Vanadin, from Old Norse Vanadīs, epithet of the goddess Freya (from vana-, stem of vanr, one of the Vanir + dís "woman, female supernatural being") + Swedish -in -in entry 1

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“Vanadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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va·​na·​di·​um | \ və-ˈnā-dē-əm How to pronounce vanadium (audio) \

Kids Definition of vanadium

: a metallic chemical element used in making a strong alloy of steel


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Medical Definition of vanadium

: a grayish malleable ductile polyvalent metallic element found combined in minerals and used especially to form alloys (as vanadium steel) symbol V — see Chemical Elements Table

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