Origin of palladiumModL: so named (1803) by W. H. Wollaston (see wollastonite), after the recently discovered asteroid Pallas + -ium
- in ancient Greece and Rome, any statue of the Greek goddess Pallas Athena; specif., the legendary statue in Troy on the preservation of which the safety of the city was supposed to depend
- anything supposed to ensure the safety of something; safeguard
Origin of PalladiumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek palladion, sacred statue or image, after Pallas
Origin of palladiumFrom Pallas (discovered at the same time as the element).
nounpl. pal·la·di·a or pal·la·di·ums
- A safeguard, especially one viewed as a guarantee of the integrity of social institutions: the Bill of Rights, palladium of American civil liberties.
- A sacred object that was believed to have the power to preserve a city or state possessing it.
Origin of palladiumMiddle English Palladion, a statue of Pallas Athena believed to protect Troy, from Old French palladion, from Latin Palladium, from Greek Palladion, from Pallas, Pallad-, Pallas Athena.
- A safeguard (from a statue of Athena that was believed to safeguard the ancient city of Troy).
The sense of "safeguard" comes from Latin Palladium (the image of Pallas that protected Troy), from Ancient Greek Î Î±Î»Î»Î¬Î´Î¹Î¿Î½ (Palladion), from Î Î±Î»Î»Î¬Ï‚ (Pallas), an alternative name for Athena.
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Pd) with an atomic number of 46.
The element was named after Pallas, an asteroid that had been discovered two years before the element.
palladium - Computer Definition
palladium - Investment & Finance Definition
An important industrial metal that has a variety of uses. Automotive catalysts use 63 percent of the demand for palladium; electronic equipment accounts for about 21 percent; dental alloys make up about 12 percent; and the remainder is used for jewelry. Most of the production, around two-thirds, comes from Russia; South Africa makes up just under one-fourth of production; the remainder comes from North America. Palladium futures are traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange; however, the volume is very modest. Other exchanges also trade palladium futures.