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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Copper prices have fallen 6% in just the past month while zinc is down 8.5%. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "May's weak jobs report is the latest sign of a US economic slowdown," 7 June 2019 Dicke and his colleagues are now testing how varying the insects’ diets can influence the bioavailability of nutrients such as iron and zinc for the humans that will eventually consume the invertebrates. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 But some research suggests shampoos with the antidandruff ingredient zinc pyrithione can mitigate hair loss that’s caused by conditions like dandruff, says Mirmirani. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 The key ingredient is zinc pyrithione, which Erdman says hydrates and rids flakes and itch to give you healthy brow skin and brows. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Do Eyebrows Grow Back When You've Over-plucked?," 21 Aug. 2018 Preferably the sunscreen should contain physical blockers such as zinc and/or titanium dioxide and an SPF of at least 30. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Eye Creams for Every Age," 14 Mar. 2017 Bets on gains in precious metals, copper, zinc and nickel will probably result in the highest returns over one year, the bank said. Bloomberg.com, "Inflation's Back and Commodities Will Benefit, JPMorgan Says," 21 Feb. 2018 The world's biggest island also has large deposits of rare-earth metals, zinc and other resources that could become easier to get as glaciers melt. Jerry Beilinson, Popular Mechanics, "Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean: Is it Safe?," 24 June 2011 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

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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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Dictionary Entries near zinc

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zimocca

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zinc

zinc alkyl

zincaluminite

zinc amide

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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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