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zinc

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noun \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

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 of zinc

German Zink


First Known Use: 1651


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zinc

verb

Definition of zinc

zinced or zincked play \ˈziŋ(k)t\ zinc·ing or zinck·ing play \ˈziŋ-kiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat or coat with zinc :  galvanize



1841

First Known Use of zinc

1841


Medical Dictionary

zinc

play
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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