One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The chemical element of atomic number 22, a hard silver-grey metal of the transition series, used in strong, light, corrosion-resistant alloys.
One of the transition metals, titanium is a common element in the earth's crust; the main sources are the minerals ilmenite and rutile. It is used to make strong, light corrosion-resistant alloys. Very large quantities of the dioxide are manufactured for use as a white pigment in paper, paint, etc.
- ‘As is the case with steel, titanium is alloyed with other metals to increase its strength.’
- ‘For example, titanium is more resistant to corrosion than most steel alloys and is also half the density of steel.’
- ‘Silver is a white grey metal which is softer than gold, platinum and titanium.’
- ‘Other residual deposits are sources of chromium, titanium, rare-earth elements, and even gold.’
- ‘Types of metals which are commonly used are stainless steel, gold, titanium and platinum.’
- ‘Implants are commonly made of titanium, a metal that is well-tolerated by the body.’
- ‘This is true of highly hardened aluminum alloys as well as titanium alloys and hardened steels.’
- ‘That's stuff's a weird alloy made out of titanium and God knows what else.’
- ‘Fairly strong bonds of titanium with itself, copper, and steel have been produced.’
- ‘Scandium is an element with the resilience of titanium and the light weight of aluminum.’
- ‘The effect of titanium and vanadium on the strength of wrought alloys appears to be negligible.’
- ‘A metal additive in the charge, such as titanium or tungsten, gives the flame a sparkling effect.’
- ‘Could you add carbon to titanium or vanadium to make them even harder and stronger?’
- ‘We've come a long way with handguns, from iron to steel to stainless to alloy to titanium.’
- ‘A flat plate of steel alloy or titanium replaces the top end of the tibia.’
- ‘This effect is completely absent in partially substituted steel without titanium.’
- ‘It was titanium with a large glowing sword painted on the heavy silver door.’
- ‘The zoning is caused by fluctuations in the concentration of iron versus titanium.’
- ‘Some of these new guns have bigger bores but are even lighter in weight due to the modern miracle of titanium.’
- ‘He is a firm supporter of titanium, the metal that is used in everything from golf clubs to airplanes.’
Late 18th century: from Titan, on the pattern of uranium.
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