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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For those of you who haven’t stopped by the transit center — with its web-like, white metal skin that extends from Beale Street almost three blocks to the west, with alleys on either side — here’s a thumbnail history. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2022 The 45-minute ceremony took place under the white metal framework of a church, created specifically for the occasion in the back garden overlooking the North Newport River. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 Sichuan is a key supplier of lithium, and some experts are concerned that China’s heat wave could cause prices of the silvery-white metal to soar. Will Daniel, Fortune, 20 Aug. 2022 These were often set into yellow gold but white metal seems to be making a comeback set with an expressive and imaginative mix of different fancy cut diamonds. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 15 June 2022 She was led into the courtroom in handcuffs before being placed in a white metal cage. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 7 July 2022 But these thieves are not necessarily after the valuable silvery white metal. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 14 May 2022 Nowhere is this clearer than in their upstairs bedroom, accessed via a white metal spiral staircase opposite the kitchen. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 With Louis Vuitton’s classic S lock closure in white metal finishing and a luggage tag in the shape of the Nike swoosh, the case is designed to fit every shoe size based on its internal cushion system. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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