Definition of amalgam
1 : a mixture of different elements an amalgam of musical forms The crowd was an amalgam of young and old.
2 : an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements
Examples of amalgam in a Sentence
a church that is an amalgam of traditional and modern architectural styles
Recent Examples of amalgam from the Web
An amalgam of brains and brawn, the little discs turned the punk world on its head.
Dana Rohrabacher is a Republican from California with a peculiar amalgam of views: pro-marijuana, dubious about climate change, pro-torture.
Perhaps marriage is a matter of romance, an amalgam of love and chemistry, a choice made for reasons spiritual, soulful and biological.
But there was no single political doctrine; for most of its existence (1962-69), SDS was an amalgam of left-liberal, socialist, anarchist and increasingly Marxist currents and tendencies.
They’re technology-and-advertising hybrids—strange amalgams with incredible power.
Madame L, a 2010 vintage that is an amalgam of Old and New World vines, is her personal dedication to the modern woman.
Its narrative in this country includes an early chapter set in colonial times, when German immigrants made scrapple, an amalgam of ground pork and cornmeal that established the meat-starch union at the core of most meatloaves.
The music of the giddily inventive William Brittelle, the Nelson Riddle of the young Brooklyn set, is a synthetically overripe amalgam of minimalism, rock, electronica, and lush orchestral studio tracks—the sonic equivalent of new-car smell.
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Origin and Etymology of amalgam
Middle English amalgame, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin amalgama
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
AMALGAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amalgam for English Language Learners
: a combination or mixture of different things
: a mixture of mercury and other metals used for filling holes in teeth
Medical Definition of amalgam
: an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements
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