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1alloy

noun al·loy \ˈa-ˌli also ə-ˈli\

: a metal made by melting and mixing two or more metals or a metal and another material together

Full Definition of ALLOY

1
:  the degree of mixture with base metals :  fineness
2
:  a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten; also :  the state of union of the components
3
a :  an admixture that lessens value
b :  an impairing alien element
4
:  a compound, mixture, or union of different things <an ethnic alloy of many peoples>
5
archaic :  a metal mixed with a more valuable metal to give durability or some other desired quality

Examples of ALLOY

  1. testing the properties of various alloys
  2. a part made of aluminum alloy

Origin of ALLOY

French aloi, from Old French alei, from aleir to combine, from Latin alligare to bind — more at ally
First Known Use: 1604

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile

2alloy

verb al·loy \ə-ˈli also ˈa-ˌli\

Definition of ALLOY

transitive verb
1
a :  temper, moderate
b :  to impair or debase by admixture
2
:  to reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable metal
3
:  to mix so as to form an alloy
intransitive verb
:  to lend itself to being alloyed <iron alloys well>

First Known Use of ALLOY

1661

alloy

noun al·loy \ˈal-ˌi, ə-ˈli\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALLOY

1
:  the degree of mixture with base metals
2
:  a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten; also :  the state of union of the components
al·loy \ə-ˈli, ˈal-ˌi\ transitive verb

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