non·​fer·​rous | \ ˌnän-ˈfer-əs How to pronounce nonferrous (audio) \

Definition of nonferrous

1 : not containing, including, or relating to iron
2 : of or relating to metals other than iron

Examples of nonferrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new nonferrous mining regulations are not connected to that bill. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "DNR wants to raise mining fees, require more detailed plans," 26 Oct. 2020 The rules would apply to nonferrous mining for minerals other than iron, such as copper, nickel, gold, silver, zinc and lead. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR is seeking new mining regulations that would protect more natural areas, raise permitting fees," 9 Nov. 2020 The state has a history of iron ore and taconite mining, but not nonferrous mining. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Supreme Court hears dispute over canceled PolyMet mine permits," 13 Oct. 2020 China’s production of a basket of metals such as aluminum, copper, lead and zinc, known as base or nonferrous metals, has soared as the country has become the world’s factory floor. Washington Post, "Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.," 29 Dec. 2019 The nonferrous metals producer-price index remains in negative territory. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Overcapacity Returns to Haunt Global Industry," 10 Jan. 2019 In 2015, China imported nearly 60 percent of all plastic scrap around the globe; 31 percent of all nonferrous metal scrap (metal that was neither iron nor steel); and 51 percent of all paper scrap, according Global Trade Magazine. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 Only the nonferrous-metals sector, with a margin of just 1.4% in early 2019, looks in serious trouble. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The Missing Chinese Bond Apocalypse," 28 Mar. 2019 Profits in the Chinese auto and nonferrous-metal sectors were down 6% and 17%, respectively, in the first 11 months of 2018. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Overcapacity Returns to Haunt Global Industry," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nonferrous

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonferrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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