white metal


: any of several light-colored alloys used especially as a base for plated silverware and ornaments and novelties
: any of several lead-base or tin-base alloys (such as babbitt) used especially for bearings, fusible plugs, and type metal

Examples of white metal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dancers wore white metal masks, green-and-white feathers and hoop skirts with tassels. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The Imperial Valley is far from the only place where the silvery white metal can be found. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Through the dim light from the barn, workers could see several inches of white metal sticking out above the manure. Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, 25 Oct. 2023 Its stark white metal exterior feels downright extraterrestrial when juxtaposed with the trees and nature surrounding it. Anna Braz, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Housed in a sleek white metal case, the Victus 15L runs on a 13th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 9 Aug. 2023 The proposal, released to the public last month, would wrap the museum’s north and south facades in a skin of punctured white metal that would glow from within, making the museum a literal Arts District beacon. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2023 The team at Rochester started with a small, thin foil of lutetium, a silvery white metal that is among the rarest of rare earth elements, and pressed it between two interlocking diamonds. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 Yet opposition to mining one particular desert tract for the silvery white metal used in electric car batteries is coming from unusual quarters: space. Scott Sonner, ajc, 23 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of white metal was in 1562

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“White metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20metal. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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