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n. Symbol V
A bright white, soft, ductile metallic element found in several minerals, notably vanadinite and carnotite, having good structural strength and used in rust-resistant high-speed tools, as a carbon stabilizer in some steels, as a titanium-steel bonding agent, and as a catalyst. Atomic number 23; atomic weight 50.942; melting point 1,910°C; boiling point 3,407°C; specific gravity 6.0 (18.7°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5. See Periodic Table.
(Elements & Compounds) a toxic silvery-white metallic element occurring chiefly in carnotite and vanadinite and used in steel alloys, high-speed tools, and as a catalyst. Symbol: V; atomic no: 23; atomic wt: 50.9415; valency: 2–5; relative density: 6.11; melting pt: 1910±10°C; boiling pt: 3409°C
[C19: New Latin, from Old Norse Vanadis, epithet of the goddess Freya + -ium]
va•na•di•um(vəˈneɪ di əm)
a rare element occurring in certain minerals and obtained as a light gray powder or as a ductile metal: used to toughen steel. Symbol: V; at. wt.: 50.942; at. no.: 23; sp. gr.: 5.96.
[< New Latin (1830)]
Symbol V A soft, bright-white metallic element that occurs naturally in several minerals. It has good structural strength and is used especially to make strong varieties of steel. Atomic number 23. See Periodic Table.
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|Noun||1.||vanadium - a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite|
metal, metallic element - any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
carnotite - a yellow radioactive mineral; an ore of uranium and radium and vanadium
vanadinite - a mineral consisting of chloride and vanadate of lead; a source of vanadium