What is another word for thorium?

Pronunciation: [θˈɔːɹi͡əm] (IPA)

Thorium is a chemical element that is often used in nuclear reactors due to its radioactive properties. As a result, there are several possible synonyms that may be used to refer to thorium in various contexts. Some of the most commonly used terms include thorium dioxide, thorite, and thorianite. Other potential synonyms include thoracic acid, thorotrast, and thoron. In addition, there are many different chemical compounds that contain thorium, such as thorium nitrate, thorium fluoride, and thorium sulfate. Regardless of the specific word used to refer to thorium, it is an important element that has played a vital role in many industries over the years.

What are the hypernyms for Thorium?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Thorium

thorium also behaves in the same manner, transmuting into atoms called thorium X, which again change into atoms of another sort to which the name of thorium Emanations has been given and these in turn transmute into atoms of yet another kind, known as thorium Emanations X. The same is the case also with Uranium which, however, so far as is yet known, undergoes only one transmutation into what is known as Uranium X. The transmutation of one sort of atom into another is therefore not a mere visionary fancy, but an established fact; and although our laboratory experiments in this direction may not as yet have gone very far, they have gone far enough to show that a Law of Transmutation does exist in Nature.
"The Law and the Word"
Thomas Troward
So Grant, by this time weary in the shoulders from carrying his equipment, turned down thorium Avenue toward Nellie's Boarding House.
"The Wealth of Echindul"
Noel Miller Loomis
But thorium mostly gives off the kind of radiation known as alpha particles.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet"
Harold Leland Goodwin

Famous quotes with Thorium

  • We may not appreciate the fact; but a fact nevertheless it remains: we are living in a Golden Age, the most gilded Golden Age of human history — not only of past history, but of future history. For, as Sir Charles Darwin and many others before him have pointed out, we are living like drunken sailors, like the irresponsible heirs of a millionaire uncle. At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on? Estimates vary. But all are agreed that within a few centuries or at most a few millennia, Man will have run through his capital and will be compelled to live, for the remaining nine thousand nine hundred and seventy or eighty centuries of his career as Homo sapiens, strictly on income. Sir Charles is of the opinion that Man will successfully make the transition from rich ores to poor ores and even sea water, from coal, oil, uranium and thorium to solar energy and alcohol derived from plants. About as much energy as is now available can be derived from the new sources — but with a far greater expense in man hours, a much larger capital investment in machinery. And the same holds true of the raw materials on which industrial civilization depends. By doing a great deal more work than they are doing now, men will contrive to extract the diluted dregs of the planet’s metallic wealth or will fabricate non-metallic substitutes for the elements they have completely used up. In such an event, some human beings will still live fairly well, but not in the style to which we, the squanderers of planetary capital, are accustomed.
    Aldous Huxley

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