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 With passage of the Revenue Act of 1938, Congress permitted tanners and producers and processors of nonferrous metals to use LIFO. Martin Sullivan, Forbes, 21 June 2022 When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Potanin created his financial holding company Interros, which began as a trader of nonferrous metals. John Hyatt, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Spending on exploration for nonferrous metals in 2021 was nearly half of the industry’s 2012 peak, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 Minnesota’s 29-year-old nonferrous mining siting rules prohibit mines in the Boundary Waters but allow them along waters that flow into the popular outdoors getaway. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Across the year, Trafigura traded 22.8 million metric tons of nonferrous metals including copper and aluminum, up 9%. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 The record increase was due mainly to rising prices of coal and some energy-intensive products such as nonferrous metals, steel and chemicals, said Dong Lijuan, a spokeswoman for the statistics bureau, on Thursday. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Schnitzer Steel Industries is one of the largest ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal recyclers in the U.S. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Over the next three to five years, the market is set to expand to seven more high-emissions industries in China: petrochemicals, chemicals, building materials, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper and domestic aviation. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 15 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonferrous

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2022

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“Nonferrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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