zinc

noun, often attributive
\ ˈziŋk How to pronounce zinc (audio) \

Definition of zinc

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bluish-white metallic element that is ductile when pure but in the commercial form is brittle at ordinary temperatures and becomes ductile on slight heating, occurs abundantly in minerals, is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals, and is used especially in alloys and as a protective coating in galvanizing iron and steel — see Chemical Elements Table

zinc

verb
zinced or zincked\ ˈziŋ(k)t How to pronounce zincked (audio) \; zincing or zincking\ ˈziŋ-​kiŋ How to pronounce zincking (audio) \

Definition of zinc (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat or coat with zinc : galvanize

Examples of zinc in a Sentence

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Low in calories and fat and cholesterol-free, mushrooms contain a modest amount of fiber and over a dozen minerals and vitamins, including copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc and a number of B vitamins such as folate. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Is the Health and Nutritional Value of Mushrooms?," 19 Jan. 2018 Eating the whole egg also offers you inflammation-fighting antioxidants as well as vitamins D, B12 and minerals selenium, zinc and iron. NBC News, "5 diet tips to forget and what to do instead," 15 May 2017 Suggested serving: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that adults should not exceed more than 40mg of zinc per day. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 Estimates say upward of 363,000 tons of zinc; 29,000 tons of lead; 1,700 tons of cadmium; 270 tons of arsenic, and 200 tons of mercury were dumped by the company and made their way down the Upper Columbia River. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Appeals court sides with Colville Tribe against Canadian mining company for polluting Upper Columbia River," 25 Sep. 2018 For instance, muds that contain sulfur have antibacterial and antifungal properties, zinc has wound healing and anti-acne effects, magnesium helps the body repair damaged DNA and is important in reducing inflammation. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "I Bathed in Colombia’s “Volcano of Youth” and My Skin Has Never Felt Softer," 23 Oct. 2018 The Singapore Mint has launched gold, silver and nickel-plated zinc medallions that feature a handshake between the leaders. Washington Post, "Singapore Postcard: Summit adds value to North Korea’s coins," 13 June 2018 The sample was also spot-on for average values of zinc and calcium, but a little high on sodium. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "For Motor Oil, How Old Is Too Old?," 6 Dec. 2018 This newest paper builds on a major study published in Nature in 2014, finding that elevated levels of carbon dioxide reduced the amount of zinc and iron found in wheat, rice, field peas and soybeans. New York Times, "How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of zinc

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zinc

Noun

German Zink

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zinc

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zinc

: a bluish-white metal that is very common and is used especially to make brass and as a protective coating for things made of iron and steel

zinc

noun
\ ˈziŋk How to pronounce zinc (audio) \

Kids Definition of zinc

: a bluish white metal that tarnishes only slightly in moist air and is used mostly to make alloys and to give iron and steel a protective coating

zinc

noun
\ ˈziŋk How to pronounce zinc (audio) \

Medical Definition of zinc

: a bluish white crystalline bivalent metallic element of low to intermediate hardness that is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals symbol Zn — see Chemical Elements Table

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