Definitions for: Zirconium


[n] a lustrous gray strong metallic element resembling titanium; it is used in nuclear reactors as a neutron absorber; it occurs in baddeleyite but is obtained chiefly from zircon



Webster (1913) Definition: Zir*co"ni*um, n. [NL.] (Chem.)
A rare element of the carbon-silicon group, intermediate
between the metals and nonmetals, obtained from the mineral
zircon as a dark sooty powder, or as a gray metallic
crystalline substance. Symbol Zr. Atomic weight, 90.4.

Synonyms: atomic number 40, Zr

See Also: baddeleyite, metal, metallic element, zircon, zirconium silicate


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