white metal


Definition of white metal

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

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Some of the online listings, like the white metal ear cuff and Roberto Cavalli sunglasses, even include photos of Prince wearing the items. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Prince's Bible, Stage-Worn Clothing and Personal Documents Up for Auction," 11 July 2018 Adding to investor worries, the silvery-white metal has fallen alongside gold and other materials with the dollar strengthening. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Platinum Rebounds as Recent Slide Lures Investors," 3 July 2018 In what would have been empty, or storage space, a white metal version of a beach ball sits suspended in a cradle. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Seakeeper’s Super Spinning System Keeps Ships Stable at Sea," 21 May 2018 They were carried into white metal storage containers, with the occasional elephant trunk peeking out. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 Tidy right angles abound, from the white metal struts that form a procession of columns, to the rectangular teller windows lining the room’s perimeter. Janelle Zara, WSJ, "A Masterpiece of Modernist Architecture? I Had My Doubts," 16 Mar. 2018 The white metal boxes allow for the disposal of any solid medication, such as pills, capsules or skin patches. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Prescription drug disposal boxes to be installed at Cuyahoga Community College campuses," 18 Jan. 2018 Above, the clean white metal grid allows the new structure to connect to the natural environment. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salesforce Tower - underwhelming despite its size," 9 Jan. 2018 That is expected to create more need for palladium, a silvery-white metal that is already much scarcer than gold, silver or platinum. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Palladium Prices Soar in Sign of Global Growth and Auto Demand," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of white metal

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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