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 There are also minimalist options marked down, like this Anivia desk made with a walnut wood surface and white metal legs. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 2021 There was a chess board, and a white metal folding chair, and a bottlecap — each costume a sophisticated work of sculpture. Jocelyn Noveck, ajc, 11 July 2021 The couch, however, sports zebra-print upholstery, the nearby white metal lounge chair is all geometry and the cocktail table, though wicker, drapes from its glass top like a skirt. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Inside, white metal shelves are lined with goods including red Chinese sausages and Lee Kum Kee hoisin sauce. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Thirty-four identical white metal crosses, crooked and misaligned, remain in the churchyard that is more frequently visited by elk, judging from the droppings in the grass, than humans these days. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 There's an apron-front sink, white Cambria quartz countertops, white subway tile backsplash and white metal pendant lights with black trim above the island. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Beauty aficionados are obsessed with Rosebud Salve, which comes in a vintage-looking blue and white metal tin, is tinted a pretty pink, and smells like roses. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 27 Oct. 2020 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, 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of white metal

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2021

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“White metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20metal. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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