nonferrous

adjective
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 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 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 Steel Dynamics, which has facilities located in the U.S. and in Mexico, produces steel products, liquid pig iron, and processes and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Steel Dynamics Gets Boost From Improved Demand for Steel," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonferrous

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

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“Nonferrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonferrous. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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