|w or W (ˈdʌbəlˌjuː)|
|—n , pl w's, W's, Ws|
|1.||the 23rd letter and 18th consonant of the modern English alphabet|
|2.||a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a bilabial semivowel, as in web|
|W or W|
|[(sense 4) from New Latin wolframium, from German Wolfram]|
The symbol for the element tungsten.
Abbreviation of width
A hard, gray to white metallic element that is very resistant to corrosion. It has the highest melting point of all elements, and it retains its strength at high temperatures. It is used to make light-bulb filaments and to increase the hardness and strength of steel. Atomic number 74; atomic weight 183.84; melting point 3,410°C; boiling point 5,900°C; specific gravity 19.3 (20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Also called wolfram. See Periodic Table.