- a steel-gray, bivalent, hard, light, metallic element, the salts of which are sweet: used chiefly in copper alloys for better fatigue endurance, in springs, and in electrical contacts. Symbol: Be; atomic weight: 9.0122; atomic number: 4; specific gravity: 1.8 at 20° C.
Origin of beryllium
Examples from the Web for beryllium
It is the machine that is not of iron and beryllium and crystal, but of pure, living force.The Last Evolution
John Wood Campbell
Random samplings from various parts of the area show that the ash consists of magnesium, lithium, and beryllium carbonates.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
That was beryllium steel, the alloy from which the barriers at the terminals of the surta mine were fashioned.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
Beryllium is estimated quantitatively by precipitation with ammonia, and ignition to oxide.
The mantel sank to ground level and the stereo swung outward, bringing into view a shining cubical locker of beryllium steel.Deepfreeze
Robert Donald Locke
- a corrosion-resistant toxic silvery-white metallic element that occurs chiefly in beryl and is used mainly in X-ray windows and in the manufacture of alloys. Symbol: Be; atomic no: 4; atomic wt: 9.012; valency: 2; relative density: 1.848; melting pt: 1289°C; boiling pt: 2472°CFormer names: glucinum, glucinium
Word Origin and History for beryllium
metallic element, 1863, so called because it figures in the composition of the pale green precious stone beryl and was identified in emerald (green beryl) in 1797 by French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763-1829) and first isolated in 1828. At first and through 19c. also sometimes called glucinum or glucinium.
- A lightweight, corrosion-resistant, toxic and possibly carcinogenic metallic element used in making precision instruments. Atomic number 4.
- A hard, lightweight, steel-gray metallic element of the alkaline-earth group, found in various minerals, especially beryl. It has a high melting point and is corrosion-resistant. Beryllium is used to make sturdy, lightweight alloys and aerospace structural materials. It is also used as a neutron moderator in nuclear reactors. Atomic number 4; atomic weight 9.0122; melting point 1,278°C; boiling point 2,970°C; specific gravity 1.848; valence 2. See Periodic Table.