alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) also ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

Definition of alloy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the degree of mixture with base metals : fineness
2 : a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten also : the state of union of the components
3a : an admixture that lessens value
b : an impairing alien element
4 : a compound, mixture, or union of different things an ethnic alloy of many peoples
5 archaic : a metal mixed with a more valuable metal to give durability or some other desired quality

alloy

verb
al·​loy | \ ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) also ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \
alloyed; alloying; alloys

Definition of alloy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to impair or debase by admixture
2 : to reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable metal
3 : to mix so as to form an alloy

intransitive verb

: to lend itself to being alloyed iron alloys well

Examples of alloy in a Sentence

Noun testing the properties of various alloys a part made of aluminum alloy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aldrich’s name is one of 52 from the 2009-10 Hawks that are stamped on the fourth barrel ring of the silver-and-nickel alloy trophy, which stands 35¼ inches high and weighs 37 pounds. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 29 Oct. 2021 In another case, a company making dye-casting accessories for Tesla’s aluminum alloy repeatedly violated environmental regulations between 2019 and 2021, including by dumping wastewater into a storm drain, and was fined a total of $115,000. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2021 This would require a stronger alloy that is more expensive. Martin Rand, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Apple has used this particular metal alloy in the past for Apple Watch cases. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Aug. 2021 Other exterior changes for 2021 include an optional 20-inch alloy wheel, redesigned roof rails and power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lamps. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2021 In the early 1970s, Rocketdyne researchers created a new copper-zirconium alloy called NARloy-Z expressly for use on the engine. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 4 July 2021 The guides are titanium alloy with nitride silicon inserts, the handles carbon for minimal weight; www.abugarcia.com. Frank Sargeant, al, 25 July 2021 Two more titanium lugs unite the sapphire case with a strap made of specialized Girard-Perregaux rubber alloy. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is not new technology, but may represent the first effort to combine an conventional metal alloy lander with an inflatable balloon-type structure. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 To add a lifting and sculpting boost to your cart, try celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech’s aluminum and zinc alloy facial massager. Akili King, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Steel receivers are easy to drill and tap, alloy receivers, not so much. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2021 Made of alloy steel with a black heat-resistant coating, this pit is rust- and weather-proof. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 To obtain these maximum speeds, manufacturers may use alloy pellets that weigh less than their lead counterparts and, in turn, move much faster. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 Look for sturdy, alloy frames that are large enough to allow two-handed sawing. The Editors, Field & Stream, 14 Aug. 2019 The N-Line also comes with N sport seats, alloy pedals, and other special touches. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2020 The only option package adds antilock brakes and alloy wheels for $1000 (our test car had that package). Steve Spence, Car and Driver, 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of alloy

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for alloy

Noun

French aloi, from Old French alei, from aleir to combine, from Latin alligare to bind — more at ally

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alloy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alloy

: a metal made by melting and mixing two or more metals or a metal and another material together

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi \

Kids Definition of alloy

: a substance made of two or more metals melted together

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈal-ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

Medical Definition of alloy

1 : the degree of mixture with base metals
2 : a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten also : the state of union of the components

Other Words from alloy

alloy \ ə-​ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ˈal-​ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \ transitive verb

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