zirconia

noun
zir·​co·​nia | \ ˌzər-ˈkō-nē-ə How to pronounce zirconia (audio) \

Definition of zirconia

: a white crystalline compound ZrO2 used especially in refractories, in thermal and electric insulation, in abrasives, and in enamels and glazes

called also zirconium oxide

Examples of zirconia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Handmade with solid 14-karat gold and Cubic zirconia accents, the minimalist-style necklace is elegant and fun to wear. Robin Raven, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Costume Institute gunmetal and zirconia pendant choker, $75; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia mixed cross bracelet, $50; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia pendant necklace, $90; at store.metmuseum.org. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, 9 May 2018 The company makes nanocrystals — specks of zirconia a fraction of the width of a strand of hair — that can be added to polymers and coatings to improve the adhesiveness of specialty glues and improve refraction in LED lights. Christopher Dinsmore, baltimoresun.com, 18 Apr. 2018 Costume Institute gunmetal and zirconia pendant choker, $75; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia mixed cross bracelet, $50; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia pendant necklace, $90; at store.metmuseum.org. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, 9 May 2018 The company makes nanocrystals — specks of zirconia a fraction of the width of a strand of hair — that can be added to polymers and coatings to improve the adhesiveness of specialty glues and improve refraction in LED lights. Christopher Dinsmore, baltimoresun.com, 18 Apr. 2018 The best outfits employ staffers with appraisal skills who can tell whether Uncle Bob’s wingback chair is a valuable antique and determine if those family diamonds are really cubic zirconia. Jennifer Barger, The Seattle Times, 28 July 2017 For an attention-grabbing embellished choker, check out Fallon Jewelry's extra large netted cubic zirconia model that is on sale ($495; modaoperandi.com) or Jennifer Behr's wide Swarovski crystal interpretation ($825; jenniferbehr.com). 2. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, 2 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of zirconia

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zirconia

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary zircon

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The first known use of zirconia was in 1794

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“Zirconia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zirconia. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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