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zinc

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noun, often attributive \ˈziŋk\

Simple Definition of zinc

  • : a bluish-white metal that is very common and is used especially to make brass and as a protective coating for things made of iron and steel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zinc

  1. :  a bluish-white metallic element that is ductile when pure but in the commercial form is brittle at ordinary temperatures and becomes ductile on slight heating, occurs abundantly in minerals, is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals, and is used especially in alloys and as a protective coating in galvanizing iron and steel — see element table

Origin and Etymology of zinc

German Zink


First Known Use: 1651


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zinc

verb

Definition of zinc

zinced

or

zincked

play \ˈziŋ(k)t\

zincing

or

zincking

play \ˈziŋ-kiŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat or coat with zinc :  galvanize



1841

First Known Use of zinc

1841


ZINC Defined for Kids

zinc

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noun \ˈziŋk\

Definition of zinc for Students

  1. :  a bluish white metal that tarnishes only slightly in moist air and is used mostly to make alloys and to give iron and steel a protective coating




Medical Dictionary

zinc

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noun \ˈziŋk\

Medical Definition of zinc

  1. :  a bluish white crystalline bivalent metallic element of low to intermediate hardness that is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals—symbol Zn; see element table




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