wolfram

[woo l-fruh m, vawl-]

Origin of wolfram

1750–60; < German Wolfram orig., wolframite, probably equivalent to Wolf wolf + -ram, representing Middle High German rām soot, dirt; formed on the model of personal names with initial Wolf-, as a contemptuous epithet for the mineral, which was considered worthless in comparison with tin ores, with which it is often found
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Contemporary Examples of wolfram

  • And when you review the periodic table, take special note of Tungsten, or Wolfram.

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    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

  • Wolfram Alpha can only compute facts—and many of those computations deal with science and advanced math.

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    Nicholas Ciarelli

    May 8, 2009

  • Wolfram Alpha easily computed a variety of facts: What nutrients are in two Snickers bars?

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    Nicholas Ciarelli

    May 8, 2009

  • Google has already begun to mimic some of Wolfram Alpha's functionality, albeit in much more limited ways.

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    Nicholas Ciarelli

    May 8, 2009

  • The business plan for Wolfram Alpha is apparently still being written.

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    May 8, 2009

Historical Examples of wolfram


British Dictionary definitions for wolfram

wolfram

noun
  1. another name for tungsten

Word Origin for wolfram

C18: from German, originally perhaps from the proper name, Wolfram, used pejoratively of tungsten because it was thought inferior to tin
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Word Origin and History for wolfram
n.

1757, from German Wolfram, wolform "iron tungstate" (1562), of obscure etymology. It looks like "wolf-cream" (from rahm "cream"), but the second element might be Middle High German ram (German Rahm) "dirty mark, soot;" if so, perhaps "so called in sign of contempt because it was regarded of lesser value than tin and caused a considerable loss of tin during the smelting process in the furnace" [Klein]. Or perhaps the word is originally a personal name, "wolf-raven."

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wolfram in Medicine

wolfram

[wulfrəm]
n.
  1. tungsten
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wolfram in Science

wolfram

[wulfrəm]
  1. See tungsten.
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