zinc

noun, often attributive
\ ˈziŋk \

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 \; zincing or zincking\ ˈziŋ-​kiŋ \

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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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 The facility also accepts contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, cadmium and other metals. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast," 20 Nov. 2018 There were also minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and zinc, all of which are found in red meat and dairy products. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 Among the more than two dozen ingredients in the kangaroo formula: biotin, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine and selenium. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 Montana, I-186 Requirements for Permits and Reclamation Plans of New Hard Rock Mines Initiative This item on Montana's ballot deals with the way the state regulates hard rock mining, which includes mining for gold, copper, zinc, nickel, and more. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "States will vote on these energy and environment issues in midterm elections," 4 Nov. 2018 This one from Redken is formulated with pyrithione zinc, which treats dandruff without stripping your hair color. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Best Dandruff Shampoos for Every Type of Hair," 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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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 \

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 \

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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