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zinc

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noun, often attributive \ˈziŋk\

Definition of zinc

  1. :  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 element table

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Origin and Etymology of zinc

German Zink


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zinc

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Definition of zinc

zinced

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zincked

play \ˈziŋ(k)t\;

zincing

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zincking

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat or coat with zinc :  galvanize

First Known Use of zinc

1841


ZINC Defined for English Language Learners

zinc

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noun

Definition of zinc for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

zinc

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noun \ˈziŋk\

Definition of zinc for Students

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

zinc

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noun \ˈziŋk\

Medical Definition of zinc

  1. :  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 element table



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