Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bright, silvery, reactive rare-earth element, found in monazite and bastnaesite and used for coloring glass, for doping laser glass and crystals, and in materials with strong, permanent magnetic properties that make them useful for computer and audio equipment. Atomic number 60; atomic weight 144.24; melting point 1,016°C; boiling point 3,074°C; specific gravity 7.008; valence 3. cross-reference: Periodic Table.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An element which occurs in cerite, albanite, and other comparatively rare minerals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) The chemical element of atomic number 60, one of the rare earth elements. Symbol Nd. Atomic weight 144.27.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A metallic chemical element (symbol Nd) with an atomic number of 60.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a yellow trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs in monazite and bastnasite in association with cerium and lanthanum and praseodymium

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German Neodym : neo-, neo- + -dym, didymium.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From neo- +‎ (di)dymium.

Examples

  • The magnets, manufactured mostly in China, were called neodymium magnets.

    Bodily Harm

  • It takes 2-4 pounds per Prius, and Japan has had to buy much of their neodymium from the Chinese black market.

    Yakima Herald-Republic Weekly News

  • That light gets funneled into a crystal of a material called neodymium-doped yttrium orthovanadate, which is common to lab lasers.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The U.S. has become almost completely dependent on China for rare earth metals, including neodymium, which is used in hard disk drive magnets, according to testimony at a congressional hearing last month.

    Techworld Australia News

  • The U.S. has become almost completely dependent on China for rare earth metals, including neodymium, which is used in hard disk drive magnets, according to testimony at a congressional hearing last month.

    Techworld Australia News

  • The size of the headphone doesn't necessarily relate to magnetic strength; small, portable ones typically use neodymium, which is one of the most powerful and concentrated magnetic substances, Maisel said.

    Home - BostonHerald.com

  • The size of the headphone doesn't necessarily relate to magnetic strength; small, portable ones typically use neodymium, which is one of the most powerful and concentrated magnetic substances, Maisel said.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • The size of the headphone doesn't necessarily relate to magnetic strength; small, portable ones typically use neodymium, which is one of the most powerful and concentrated magnetic substances, Maisel said.

    JustNews.com - Local News

  • The size of the headphone doesn't necessarily relate to magnetic strength; small, portable ones typically use neodymium, which is one of the most powerful and concentrated magnetic substances, Maisel said.

    Chicago news, weather, traffic - CBS 2 - WBBM

  • The size of the headphone doesn't necessarily relate to magnetic strength; small, portable ones typically use neodymium, which is one of the most powerful and concentrated magnetic substances, Maisel said.

    NBCSports.com: Sports

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Has anyone ever seen this stuff? Great name, though!

    December 9, 2007

  • Nd.

    December 16, 2007