alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) also ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

Definition of alloy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : 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

alloy

verb
al·​loy | \ ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) also ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \
alloyed; alloying; alloys

Definition of alloy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of alloy in a Sentence

Noun testing the properties of various alloys a part made of aluminum alloy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elantra N Line’s side skirts and 18-inch alloy wheels with larger brakes further emphasize the sporty aesthetic. Pr Newswire, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai Motor unveils rendering of new Elantra N line," 9 July 2020 Most were lead alloy cores wrapped in gilding metal jackets. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 In this case, the researchers were using a nickel-titanium-iron alloy steel that works well with these 3D printing techniques, in which metal powder is fed onto the work surface and heated with a laser. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Can you 3D print Damascus steel? Pretty much, yeah," 24 June 2020 Casting bullets requires lead and/or lead alloy for the material. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, "7 Money Saving Tips for Reloaders," 23 June 2020 Benelli avoided excess weight by building an alloy receiver, opting for a carbon-fiber rib, limiting the barrel to 26 inches, and shaving weight internally everywhere possible. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: 7 Great 28 Gauges for Upland Hunting," 15 June 2020 But visually, the only thing that really signals this car cares about the planet is the low-drag alloy wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2021 Honda Insight is an efficient but inconspicuous hybrid," 1 June 2020 Available in sets that include crash, ride, and hi-hats, the L80 cymbals are made of a proprietary alloy and are constructed with a distinct pattern of holes that reduce their volume between 70 to 80 percent. Popular Science, "Four tools for quiet at-home drum practice and recording," 7 May 2020 One slight difference is that the rear lower control arms on the Seville are made of alloy and the de Ville piece are cast iron. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Has Room to Spare," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The only option package adds antilock brakes and alloy wheels for $1000 (our test car had that package). Steve Spence, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Honda CR-V Launches Honda into the SUV Race," 9 June 2020 Tungsten is normally brittle, so procedures to mechanically process it to increase its strength and to alloy it with other materials to prevent its embrittlement from radiation damage are being studied. Giulia Pacchioni, Scientific American, "The Road to Fusion," 26 Aug. 2019 Automakers are making nearly continuous improvements to vehicle engines and structures by alloying their steels with an evolving list of special ingredients such as manganese, titanium, chromium, and nickel. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Toyota’s New Electric Motor Cuts Need for Costly (and Overwhelmingly China-Sourced) Rare-Earth Metal," 27 Feb. 2018 The light gray or whitish metal can be alloyed with steel to form materials that are stable at high temperatures. Thomas Biesheuvel, Bloomberg.com, "China Sends One of the West’s Most Critical Materials Soaring," 11 Sep. 2017 Anger and anguish alloyed to reveal a deep, familiar frustration. Bill Oram, Orange County Register, "Clippers one game away from offseason after 96-92 Game 5 loss to Jazz," 25 Apr. 2017 Yttrium and neodymium are alloyed to make the magnets in turbines for windmills. Nelson Ching, National Geographic, "How Acid—and Bacteria—Could Make Recycling Your Phone Greener," 10 June 2016

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First Known Use of alloy

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for alloy

Noun

French aloi, from Old French alei, from aleir to combine, from Latin alligare to bind — more at ally

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The first known use of alloy was in 1593

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Alloy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alloy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for alloy

alloy

noun
How to pronounce alloy (audio) How to pronounce alloy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of alloy

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

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi \

Kids Definition of alloy

: a substance made of two or more metals melted together Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈal-ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

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

Other Words from alloy

alloy \ ə-​ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ˈal-​ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \ transitive verb

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