Definition of chromium in English:

chromium

(also Cr)

Pronunciation /ˈkrōmēəm/ /ˈkroʊmiəm/

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noun

  • The chemical element of atomic number 24, a hard white metal used in stainless steel and other alloys.

    A transition metal, chromium is used in stainless steel and other alloys, and as a shiny decorative and corrosion-resistant plating. Its chief ore is chromite. Many chromium salts are brightly coloured and are used in dyes and pigments, and in tanning leather

    ‘The metal can be, for example, titanium, tantalum, chromium, aluminium or tungsten.’
    • ‘However, nickel alloys containing chromium, titanium and aluminum will form a thin oxide film.’
    • ‘The most common of the special elements added to cast iron are nickel, chromium, copper and molybdenum.’
    • ‘Metal oxides such as chromium, iron, copper, or manganese, are used to colour glass, and the shades range from a light green to deep blue to topaz yellow.’
    • ‘Common alloys used for this purpose include molybdenum and chromium in addition to manganese and carbon.’

Origin

Early 19th century from chrome+ -ium.