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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 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 For raw materials including thermal coal, which is burned to generate electricity, or alloys of vanadium and molybdenum, used to toughen up steel, the drop in Chinese output has outweighed any decline in demand. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Spurs Demand for Niche Raw Materials," 12 Feb. 2020 Many newer, premium blade steels contain a significant amount of vanadium. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, on the tube’s outer surface, the second catalyst—which contains vanadium, nitrogen, and iron—causes the hydrogen ions, the electrons, and nitrogen molecules piped in separately to form ammonia, all at atmospheric pressure. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New reactor could halve carbon dioxide emissions from ammonia production," 6 Nov. 2019 JUNEAU - An Australia mining company wants to begin exploratory drilling for the rare element vanadium in Southeast Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Australia company seeks OK for exploratory drilling in Alaska," 9 July 2019 These are sessile invertebrates that make use of vanadium in some of their enzymes, thus concentrating it in their bodies. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 The demand boom has reinvigorated vanadium projects world-wide, including the efforts of Energy Fuels Inc. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 Energy storage includes grid-scale lithium-ion batteries as well as vanadium and zinc flow batteries, lead-acid batteries, and advanced lead batteries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018

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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 31 May. 2020.

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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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