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

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 The aluminum-alloy tripod features a 360-degree ball head for panoramic shooting, and one of its legs can be removed to convert it to a monopod. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 16 July 2022 This add-on also includes a digital key and dark metallic 21-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 15 July 2022 Standard are the 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, but most buyers will likely go for the larger 19- or 20-inch optional alloys. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 6 July 2022 This year, the company is projecting production of about 50,000 wheels and at 1 million units expects value parity with alloy wheels. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Steel Dynamics said the plant will supply the beverage, automotive and common alloy industrial sectors. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2022 The automatic Caliber 17 movement has a 38-hour power reserve, and the 42 mm and 44 mm bronze editions have a corrosion-resistant alloy that will develop a subtle patina over time. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 Certain materials and scenarios have the potential to form time crystals at far higher temperatures than the near absolute zero often required, like phenomena observed in nickel-iron alloy and even light itself. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 That’s where carbon fiber wheels can be a huge benefit for EVs thanks to a mass reduction of 40 to 50% compared to a similarly sized alloy wheel. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Founded in 1921, O’Neal Steel manufactures carbon and alloy steel, stainless steel and aluminum products and has 18 distribution centers throughout the U.S. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 The vehicle utilizes the brand’s MLA-Flex architecture, which is aluminum-intensive (more than 75 percent of the structure is alloy). Michael Harley, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The first material to be produced will be alloy, starting late next year, GM and MP said in a joint statement. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 Special Metals makes nickel alloy metals essential to space crafts and airplanes. Chris Isidore, CNN, 31 Dec. 2021 This is not new technology, but may represent the first effort to combine an conventional metal alloy lander with an inflatable balloon-type structure. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 To add a lifting and sculpting boost to your cart, try celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech’s aluminum and zinc alloy facial massager. Akili King, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Steel receivers are easy to drill and tap, alloy receivers, not so much. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2021 Made of alloy steel with a black heat-resistant coating, this pit is rust- and weather-proof. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for alloy

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

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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