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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

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Recent Examples on the Web Energy Fuels sees rare earth production as a way to diversify its products beyond uranium and vanadium. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Now Utah uranium mill plans to export rare earth materials to Estonia," 22 Mar. 2021 With different kind of Screwdriver bits, which made of chrome-vanadium steel are carefully selected by ORIA to meet all your need. Maren Estrada, BGR, "You need to see these 10 awesome Amazon deals for Prime members only," 3 Mar. 2021 New for 2021, Spyderco has introduced a number of their folders including the Endela, with K390 Microclean, a high performance blade steel made by Böhler-Uddeholm that’s enriched with vanadium, molybdenum and cobalt. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "The Best New EDC Knives of 2021," 24 Feb. 2021 The chrome vanadium head has a hardness of 55-60HRC, which are Designed and manufactured by AMIR and ORIA using highest quality materials and methods. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon has 10 special deals today for Prime subscribers only," 24 Feb. 2021 Chrome vanadium steel resists corrosion and holds its edge longer than plain HSS bits. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in Your Next Drill Bit Set," 7 Dec. 2020 In addition, the vanadium ions can change their oxidation state during this process as well. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could “disordered rock salts” bring order to next-gen lithium batteries?," 4 Sep. 2020 These leftovers are thick with sulfur, heavy metals such as vanadium and nickel, and a suite of other contaminants that, once burned in an engine, combust into fine, lung-damaging particles. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "As oil prices crashed, tankers idled off California—spewing pollution for weeks," 12 June 2020 Made of one piece of molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel, each knife in the IKEA 365+ set is made to stay sharp for a significant amount of time, and grooves on the handles ensure a secure grip. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "The Essential Appliances, Storage, and Gadgetry for a Chef’s Kitchen," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of vanadium was in 1833

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“Vanadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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