Niobium meaning

nī-ōbē-əm
A silvery, soft, rare, ductile metallic element that occurs chiefly in columbite-tantalite and is used in steel alloys, arc welding, and superconductive materials. Atomic number 41; atomic weight 92.906; melting point 2,477°C; boiling point 4,744°C; specific gravity 8.57; valence 2, 3, 5.
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A gray or white, metallic chemical element, somewhat ductile and malleable, used in alloy steels, superconducting alloys, in jet engines and rockets, etc.: symbol, Nb; at. no. 41
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A soft, silvery, ductile metallic element that usually occurs in nature together with the element tantalum. It is used to build nuclear reactors, to make steel alloys, and to allow magnets to conduct electricity with almost no resistance. Atomic number 41; atomic weight 92.906; melting point 2,468°C; boiling point 4,927°C; specific gravity 8.57; valence 2, 3, 5.
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A metallic chemical element (symbol Nb) with an atomic number of 41.
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Origin of niobium

  • After Niobe (so called because it is extracted from tantalite)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After Niobe, because of the element's affinity with tantalum.

    From Wiktionary