base metal


Definition of base metal

  1. 1 :  a metal or alloy (such as zinc, lead, or brass) of comparatively low value and relatively inferior in certain properties (such as resistance to corrosion) —opposed to noble metal

  2. 2 :  the metal to which a coating or plating is applied :  the metal existing underneath a coating or plating

  3. 3 :  the chief constituent of any alloy

  4. 4 :  the metal composing parts to be welded

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