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formerly the symbol for the element columbium, now called niobiumniobium
, metallic chemical element; symbol Nb; at. no. 41; at. wt. 92.90638; m.p. about 2,468°C;; b.p. 4,742°C;; sp. gr. 8.57 at 20°C;; valence +2, +3, +4, or +5.
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catch basin

A reservoir, esp. for catching and retaining surface drainage over a large area, in which sediment may settle.



(1) See CB radio, Current Branch and cell broadcast.
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The CBED scheme will help areas that do not benefit directly from huge European schemes.
Dave Sternberg, team leader of the city council's community economic development department, said: ``The aim of CBED is to encourage and create economic growth and regeneration locally through employment and community enterprise.