zirconium

noun
zir·​co·​ni·​um | \ ˌzər-ˈkō-nē-əm How to pronounce zirconium (audio) \

Definition of zirconium

: a steel-gray hard ductile metallic element with a high melting point that occurs widely in combined form (as in zircon), is highly resistant to corrosion, and is used especially in alloys and in refractories and ceramics — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of zirconium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some have hard zirconium inserts, so the line doesn't wear a groove. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best ice fishing rod," 17 Oct. 2020 In some of the variations, the zirconium cladding is coated to minimize reactions. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 In some of the variations, the zirconium cladding is coated to minimize reactions. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 In April 2017 Yaghi’s group, along with that of M.I.T. mechanical engineer Evelyn Wang, reported on a prototype device incorporating MOF-801, or zirconium fumarate, which has a high affinity for water. Donna J. Nelson, Scientific American, "Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air," 26 June 2017 In others, zirconium and even the uranium dioxide are replaced with different materials. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 In others, zirconium and even the uranium dioxide are replaced with different materials. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 The active ingredient at the top could be listed as aluminum chloralhydrate or aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Is Aluminum in Deodorant Bad? Everything You Need to Know," 31 Jan. 2020 But at $160 per kilogram, zirconium is too expensive for bulk use. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Crystalline nets harvest water from desert air, turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of zirconium

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zirconium

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary zircon

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29 Oct 2020

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“Zirconium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zirconium. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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zirconium

noun
zir·​co·​ni·​um | \ (ˌ)zər-ˈkō-nē-əm How to pronounce zirconium (audio) \

Medical Definition of zirconium

: a steel-gray strong ductile chiefly tetravalent metallic element with a high melting point symbol Zr — see Chemical Elements Table

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