Meaning of VANADIUM in English

/veuh nay"dee euhm/ , n. Chem.

a rare element occurring in certain minerals and obtained as a light-gray powder with a silvery luster or as a ductile metal: used as an ingredient of steel to toughen it and increase its shock resistance. Symbol: V; at. wt.: 50.942; at. no.: 23; sp. gr.: 5.96.

[ Vanad ( ís ) epithet of Freya ( Vana, gen. of Vanir VANIR + dís goddess) + NL -ium -IUM ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .