Definition of Alloy in English :

Define Alloy in English

Alloy meaning in English

Meaning of Alloy in English

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Alloy pronunciation in English

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1. alloy, metal

a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten

Example Sentences:
'brass is an alloy of zinc and copper'

2. admixture, alloy

the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something


3. alloy, debase

lower in value by increasing the base-metal content

4. alloy

make an alloy of

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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noun (ˈælɔɪ , əˈlɔɪ )
a metallic material, such as steel, brass, or bronze, consisting of a mixture of two or more metals or of metallic elements with nonmetallic elements. Alloys often have physical properties markedly different from those of the pure metals
something that impairs the quality or reduces the value of the thing to which it is added
verb (əˈlɔɪ ) (transitive)
to add (one metal or element to another metal or element) to obtain a substance with a desired property
to debase (a pure substance) by mixing with an inferior element
to diminish or impair

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the relative purity of gold or silver; fineness
a substance that is a mixture, as by fusion, of two or more metals, or of a metal and something else
a.  Archaic
a less valuable metal mixed with a more valuable one, often to give hardness
something that lowers the value or quality of another thing when mixed with it
verb transitive
to make (a metal) less pure by mixing with a less valuable metal
to mix (metals) to form an alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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1. A metallic solid or liquid that is composed of a homogeneous mixture of two or more metals or of metals and nonmetal or metalloid elements, usually for the purpose of imparting or increasing specific characteristics or properties: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.
2. A mixture; an amalgam: "Television news has ... always been an alloy of journalism and show business" (Bill Moyers).
3. The relative degree of mixture with a base metal; fineness.
4. Something added that lowers value or purity.
tr.v. (ə-loi, ăloi) al·loyed, al·loy·ing, al·loys
1. To combine (metals) to form an alloy.
2. To combine; mix: idealism that was alloyed with political skill.
3. To debase by the addition of an inferior element.

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