a rare, malleable, ductile, silver-white, metallic chemical element: it is alloyed with steel, to which it adds tensile strength, and is used in nuclear applications, etc.: symbol, V; at. no. 23
Origin of vanadiumModern Latin ; from Old Norse Vanadis, Freya + -ium: name proposed (1831) by Berzelius
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.
Origin of vanadiumFrom Old Norse Vanad&imacron;s, the goddess Freya; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
Vanadis, a name of Freyja + -ium