Definitions

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

  • noun A massive variety of the mineral uraninite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An oxid of uranium, usually occurring in pitchy black masses, rarely in octahedrons. Also pechblend, pechblende, pechurane, uraninite.
  • noun It is a black mineral found chiefly in the mines of the Erzgebirge, between Saxony and Bohemia, and until recently known simply as the chief source of oxid of uranium, used in staining glass and painting on porcelain. In it have been found many of the substances which have been observed to present the property of radioactivity.

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

  • noun (Min.) A pitch-black mineral consisting chiefly of the oxide of uranium; uraninite. See uraninite.

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

  • noun mineralogy Naturally-occurring uranium oxide, a variety of the mineral uraninite.

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

  • noun a mineral consisting of uranium oxide and trace amounts of radium and thorium and polonium and lead and helium; uraninite in massive form is called pitchblende which is the chief uranium ore

Etymologies

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

[Partial translation of German Pechblende : Pech, pitch + Blende, blende; see blende.]

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From German Pechblende, from Pech ("pitch") + Blende ("blende").

Examples

  • Between 1898 and 1899, the Curies received 1.1 tons of pitchblende from the Austrians.

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

  • In their attempt to separate radium from bismuth, both contained in pitchblende, Marie and Pierre found that by crystallizing the chloride of radioactive barium from a solution, they obtained crystals that were more radioactive and richer in radium than the chloride which remained resolved.

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

  • In a waste ore called pitchblende, a black sludge that came from the peaty forests of Joachimsthal in what is now the Czech Republic, the Curies found the first signal of a new element—an element many times more radioactive than uranium.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In a waste ore called pitchblende, a black sludge that came from the peaty forests of Joachimsthal in what is now the Czech Republic, the Curies found the first signal of a new element—an element many times more radioactive than uranium.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In a waste ore called pitchblende, a black sludge that came from the peaty forests of Joachimsthal in what is now the Czech Republic, the Curies found the first signal of a new element—an element many times more radioactive than uranium.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Uranium occurs chiefly as pitchblende, which is an impure oxide

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • They found a certain kind of pitchblende which was very active, and they analysed tons of it, concentrating always on the radiant element in it.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told

  • I wouldn't like to speculate on what that could be though I imagine if you could have a conversation now with Marie Curie about radiation she might have some thoughts about what she wished she'd known before she started work with pitchblende ores.

    WiFi woes and the wonders of woo

  • But the discovery in 1924 of a large pitchblende deposit in the Belgian Congo provided a more dependable radium supply and the interest in American carnotite fizzled.

    Yellow Dirt

  • Still, while the uranium at Port Radium and Shinkolobwe was found in dependable pitchblende ore, the carnotite of the American West seemed unpromising for the large amounts the Pentagon said it needed.

    Yellow Dirt

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