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

Examples of white metal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While platinum has rebounded about 66% from this year’s lows after a massive sell-off in March, its discount to gold is still not far from a record, with the silvery-white metal trading at half of bullion’s value. Elena Mazneva, Bloomberg.com, "Investors Who Missed Gold Rush Pile Into Platinum Funds," 29 Aug. 2020 This metal is typically plated with rhodium (a shiny white metal similar to platinum), which can develop a slightly yellow color when exposed to alcohol over time. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Can Hand Sanitizer Ruin Your Rings?," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of white metal

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Sep 2020

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“White metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20metal. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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