aluminum

noun, often attributive
alu·​mi·​num | \ ə-ˈlü-mə-nəm How to pronounce aluminum (audio) \

Definition of aluminum

: a bluish silver-white light malleable ductile trivalent metallic element that has good electrical and thermal conductivity, high reflectivity, and resistance to oxidation and is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust where it always occurs in combination — see Chemical Elements Table

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Some of the debris, such as aluminum shavings, seems rather minor but could work its way deep into the aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 Doctors eventually diagnosed her with hyperhidrosis of the vulva and had her use Drysol (a strong topical treatment of aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which helps close sweat ducts). Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You’re Extremely Sweaty in the General Vicinity of Your Vagina," 3 Apr. 2019 Then the Twins used an aluminum honeycomb-style material used to make aircraft bodies that needed to be re-angled so the top didn’t glow as much. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Spruced up: Twins try juniper plants for CF backdrop," 25 Mar. 2019 Made of anodized aluminum with stainless steel handles and a ceramic nonstick finish, your omelets, steaks, and pancakes will slide right out of the pan. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Product Experts," 1 Mar. 2019 So what happens when an ice skate made from aluminum or steel touches the ice? Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 In some cases, like aluminum, there's a huge gap in price between recycled material and freshly produced metal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 One clear concern voiced by officials related to the impact of a global trade, following the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including from the European Union. Washington Post, "Trade war fears a clear concern of European bank officials," 12 July 2018 Some senators are portraying it as a rebuke of President Donald Trump's use of a national security waiver to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "Senate voices protest over Trump's aluminum, steel tariffs," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of aluminum

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aluminum

New Latin, from alumina

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The first known use of aluminum was in 1810

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aluminum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aluminum

: a silver metal that is strong and light and that is used for making many products

aluminum

noun
alu·​mi·​num | \ ə-ˈlü-mə-nəm How to pronounce aluminum (audio) \

Kids Definition of aluminum

: a silver-white light metallic chemical element that is easily worked, conducts electricity well, resists weathering, and is the most plentiful metal in the earth's crust

aluminum

noun, often attributive
alu·​mi·​num | \ ə-ˈlü-mə-nəm How to pronounce aluminum (audio) \

Medical Definition of aluminum

: a bluish silver-white malleable ductile light trivalent metallic element that has good electrical and thermal conductivity, high reflectivity, and resistance to oxidation and is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust where it always occurs in combination symbol Al — see Chemical Elements Table

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