al·​u·​min·​i·​um | \ ˌal-yə-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce aluminium (audio) \

Definition of aluminium

chiefly British
: aluminum … approximately six tons of clay are required to produce a ton of aluminium— C. E. Davis Metals such as copper, aluminium, silver and gold …— C. Hammond often used before another noun aluminium compoundsBoth zinc and aluminium plates are used extensively.Preliminary Tech. Course In Printing — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of aluminium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1974, after an upgrade that saw the original mesh replaced by a dish made up of 38,778 aluminium panels, Arecibo was used to go a step further. The Economist, "Scientific instruments With the death of Arecibo, an era ends for radio astronomy," 25 Nov. 2020 Most of the country’s 13m people are poor, despite the presence there of the world’s largest reserves of bauxite, from which aluminium is refined. The Economist, "Ballots and bloodshed A disputed election leads to violence in Guinea," 31 Oct. 2020 Metal cleats are durable and built for rugged terrain: They are made from stainless steel, aluminium, or carbide steel. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best ice cleat," 10 Oct. 2020 Practical and glamorous, aluminium is prized for making products from kitchen foil and beverage cans to Tesla Roadsters and aircraft. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Red mud is piling up. Can scientists figure out what to do with it?," 20 Aug. 2020 As the disk cooled, the first solids condensed out like frost on a windowpane: crystalline clumps of aluminium and calcium as big as poppy seeds. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 The larger version is 4½ feet wide by 7 feet tall and features an aluminium extrusion on the top and a fiberglass bottom bar for weight. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Business is booming for Pewaukee company that sells personal safety partitions to prevent spread of the coronavirus," 6 May 2020 Another demand from India is the reduction in tariffs on derivative steel and aluminium, which took effect this month. Vk Vijayakumar, Quartz India, "A limited Indo-US trade deal is the best we can expect during the Trump visit," 23 Feb. 2020 And in aluminium production the best operators could see the pattern of the flames in the cell [where aluminum is made] and tell whether the production was optimal or not. Tom Loftus, WSJ, "Norsk Hydro CIO on How to Prepare for Cyberattacks," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of aluminium

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aluminium

New Latin, from alumina

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The first known use of aluminium was in 1811

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“Aluminium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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