Definition of Alloy

1. Noun. A mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten. "Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"

2. Verb. Lower in value by increasing the base-metal content.
Exact synonyms: Debase
Category relationships: Metallurgy
Generic synonyms: Devalue
Derivative terms: Debaser

3. Noun. The state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something.
Exact synonyms: Admixture
Generic synonyms: Impureness, Impurity

4. Verb. Make an alloy of.
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry, Metallurgy
Generic synonyms: Blend, Coalesce, Combine, Commingle, Conflate, Flux, Fuse, Immix, Meld, Merge, Mix

Definition of Alloy

1. n. Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam.

2. v. t. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.

3. v. t. To form a metallic compound.

Definition of Alloy

1. Noun. A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal. ¹

2. Noun. An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc. ¹

3. Verb. mix or combine; often used of metals ¹

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Definition of Alloy

1. to combine to form an alloy (a homogenous mixture of metals) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Alloy

1. A substance made from a mixture of a metal and one or more other metals or non-metallic elements. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alloy

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Literary usage of Alloy

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1. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines: Containing a Clear Exposition by Andrew Ure (1844)
"This alloy may be rendered still more fusible hy adding a very little mercury to it, ... When we wish to alloy three or more metals, we often experience ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1871)
"The alloy was found to be very hard and very brittle when hot, ... The proportions of alloy were about^-copper To per cent., manganeso 25 per cent. ..."

3. The Metallurgy of Iron and Steel by Bradley Stoughton (1911)
"XV alloy STEELS have already described ordinary steel (which to distinguish it from the so-called alloy steels is often known as "carbon steel") as an alloy ..."

4. A Digest of the Laws of England by John Comyns, Anthony Hammond (1822)
"What alloy: But now they have a certain proportion of alloy, ... H. 8. was, in every pound troy 23 carats 3 grains £ of gold and J grain of alloy. Ess. 20. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In the case of a two-metal эг binary alloy the two metals may be designated as A and B. The metal having the highest melting point is fused first, ..."

6. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1898)
"Whilst granulating by pouring into water an alloy of silver and zinc whose ... A variation in the composition of the alloy to the extent of 5 per cent, ..."

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