Definitions for vanadiumvəˈneɪ di əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
va•na•di•umvəˈneɪ di əm(n.)
a rare element occurring in certain minerals and obtained as a light gray powder or as a ductile metal: used to toughen steel.
Ref: Symbol: V 3
Origin of vanadium:
< NL (1830)
vanadium, V, atomic number 23(noun)
a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite
A chemical element, (symbol V) with an atomic number of 23; it is a transition metal, used in the production of special steels.
Origin: Vanadis, a name of Freyja + -ium
a rare element of the nitrogen-phosphorus group, found combined, in vanadates, in certain minerals, and reduced as an infusible, grayish-white metallic powder. It is intermediate between the metals and the non-metals, having both basic and acid properties. Symbol V (or Vd, rarely). Atomic weight 51.2
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a metallic silver-white elementary body of rare occurrence, and occurring in very small quantities; discovered first in 1801 by Del Rio.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A metallic element with the atomic symbol V, atomic number 23, and atomic weight 50.94. It is used in the manufacture of vanadium steel. Prolonged exposure can lead to chronic intoxication caused by absorption usually via the lungs.