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admiralty metal

  • noun alpha-beta brass containing tin; resistant to sea water; Admiralty Metal is a trademark
    Tobin bronze; Admiralty brass; naval brass.
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aich's metal

Aich's met"al
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  1. A kind of gun metal, containing copper, zinc, and iron, but no tin.
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alkali metal

  • noun any of the monovalent metals of group I of the periodic table (lithium or sodium or potassium or rubidium or cesium or francium)
    alkali metal; alkaline metal.
    • the hydroxides of the alkali metals are strongly alkaline
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alkaline metal

  • noun any of the monovalent metals of group I of the periodic table (lithium or sodium or potassium or rubidium or cesium or francium)
    alkali metal; alkaline metal.
    • the hydroxides of the alkali metals are strongly alkaline
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Alkaline metals

  • noun any of the monovalent metals of group I of the periodic table (lithium or sodium or potassium or rubidium or cesium or francium)
    alkali metal; alkaline metal.
    • the hydroxides of the alkali metals are strongly alkaline
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  • potassium, sodium, cæsium, lithium, rubidium.
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alkaline-earth metal

  • noun any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
    alkaline earth.
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all-metal

  • adjective satellite consisting completely of metal
    • all-metal airplanes
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babbitt metal

  • noun an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
    babbitt.
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Bab"bitt met`al
Etymology
From the inventor, Isaac Babbitt of Massachusetts.
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  1. A soft white alloy of variable composition (as a nine parts of tin to one of copper, or of fifty parts of tin to five of antimony and one of copper) used in bearings to diminish friction.
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Base metal

  • noun a metal that is common and not considered precious
    • lead, iron, copper, tin, and zinc are base metals
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  • (Chem.), any one of the metals, as iron, lead, etc., which are readily tarnished or oxidized, in contrast with the noble metals. In general, a metal of small value, as compared with gold or silver.
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Bath metal

  • an alloy consisting of four and a half ounces of zinc and one pound of copper.
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bearing metal

  • noun an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
    bearing metal.
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bell metal

  • noun bronze with 3 or 4 parts copper to 1 part tin; used in making bells
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Bell" met`al
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  1. A hard alloy or bronze, consisting usually of about three parts of copper to one of tin; -- used for making bells.
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Bell metal ore

  • a sulphide of tin, copper, and iron; the mineral stannite.
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block of metal

  • noun metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
    block of metal; ingot.
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blond metal

Blond" met`al
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  1. A variety of clay ironstone, in Staffordshire, England, used for making tools.
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Box metal

  • an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead, and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.
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britannia metal

  • noun an alloy similar to pewter
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Cannon metal

  • . See Gun Metal.
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cheoplastic metal

  • noun any alloy that fuses at low temperatures and can be used molding artificial teeth
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Composition metal

  • an alloy resembling brass, which is sometimes used instead of copper for sheathing vessels; also called Muntz metal and yellow metal.
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Earth metal

  • . See 1st Earth, #7 (Chem.)
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full metal jacket

  • noun a lead bullet that is covered with a jacket of a harder metal (usually copper)
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Fusible metal

  • noun an alloy with a low melting point and used as solder and in safety plugs and sprinkler fuses
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  • any alloy of different metals capable of being easily fused, especially an alloy of five parts of bismuth, three of lead, and two of tin, which melts at a temperature below that of boiling water. Ure.
  • (Metal.), a very fusible alloy, usually consisting of bismuth with lead, tin, or cadmium.
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Gilding metal

  • noun a brass that is rich in copper; used to make articles that were to be gilded
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  • a tough kind of sheet brass from which cartridge shells are made.
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Glass metal

  • the fused material for making glass.
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Gong metal

  • an alloy (78 parts of copper, 22 of tin), from which Oriental gongs are made.
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grid metal

  • noun a kind of hard lead that is used for grids in storage batteries
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Gun metal

  • a bronze, ordinarily composed of nine parts of copper and one of tin, used for cannon, etc. The name is also given to certain strong mixtures of cast iron.
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Heavy metal

  • noun a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight (especially one that is poisonous like mercury or lead)
    heavy metal.
  • noun loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
    heavy metal; heavy metal music.
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  • (Mil.), large guns carrying balls of a large size; also, large balls for such guns. a type of rock music (1970's), with a hard beat, amplified electronically
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heavy metal music

  • noun loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
    heavy metal; heavy metal music.
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Heavy metals

  • noun a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight (especially one that is poisonous like mercury or lead)
    heavy metal.
  • noun loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
    heavy metal; heavy metal music.
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  • (Chem.), the metallic elements not included in the groups of the alkalies, alkaline earths, or the earths; specifically, the heavy metals, as gold, mercury, platinum, lead, silver, etc.
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kingston metal

King"ston met"al
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  1. . An alloy of tin, copper, and mercury, sometimes used for the bearings and packings of machinery. McElrath.
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Leaf metal

  • metal in thin leaves, as gold, silver, or tin.
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Light metals

  • (Chem.), the metallic elements of the alkali and alkaline earth groups, as sodium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, etc.; also, sometimes, the metals of the earths, as aluminium.
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liquid metal reactor

  • noun a nuclear reactor using liquid metal as a coolant
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Marine metal

  • an alloy of lead, antimony, and mercury, made for sheathing ships. Mc Elrath.
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metal bar

  • noun metal that is cast in the shape of a block for convenient handling
    block of metal; ingot.
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metal detector

  • noun detector that gives a signal when it detects the presence of metal; used to detect the presence of stray bits of metal in food products or to find buried metal
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metal drum

  • noun a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
    drum.
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metal filing

  • noun a fragment of metal rubbed off by the use of a file
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metal glove

  • noun a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
    gauntlet; gantlet.
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metal money

  • noun coins collectively
    coinage; specie; mintage.
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metal plating

  • noun a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface
    plating.
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metal saw

  • noun saw used with one hand for cutting metal
    hack saw; hacksaw.
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metal screw

  • noun screw made of metal
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metal wood

  • noun golf wood with a metal head instead of the traditional wooden head
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metal-colored

  • adjective satellite having a metallic color
    metal-colored; metallic-colored; metallic-coloured.
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metal-coloured

  • adjective satellite having a metallic color
    metal-colored; metallic-colored; metallic-coloured.
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metal-cutting

  • adjective satellite hard and sharp enough to cut metal
    • metal-cutting tools
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metal-looking

  • adjective satellite resembling metal
    metallike; metallic-looking.
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misch metal

  • noun a pyrophoric alloy made from a mixture of rare-earth metals
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monel metal

  • noun an alloy of nickel and copper and other metals (such as iron and/or manganese and/or aluminum)
    Monel metal.
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monell metal

  • noun an alloy of nickel and copper and other metals (such as iron and/or manganese and/or aluminum)
    Monel metal.
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Muntz metal

  • noun a brass that has more zinc and is stronger than alpha brass; used in making castings and hot-worked products
    alpha-beta brass; Muntz metal.
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  • an alloy for sheathing and other purposes, consisting of about sixty per cent of copper, and forty of zinc. Sometimes a little lead is added. It is named from the inventor.
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noble metal

  • noun any metal that is resistant to corrosion or oxidation
    noble metal.
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Noble metals

  • noun any metal that is resistant to corrosion or oxidation
    noble metal.
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  • (Chem.), silver, gold, and platinum; so called from their freedom from oxidation and permanence in air. Copper, mercury, aluminium, palladium, rhodium, iridium, and osmium are sometimes included.
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Platinum metals

  • (Chem.), the group of metallic elements which in their chemical and physical properties resemble platinum. These consist of the light platinum group, viz., rhodium, ruthenium, and palladium, whose specific gravities are about 12; and the heavy platinum group, viz., osmium, iridium, and platinum, whose specific gravities are over 21.
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Pot metal

  • noun cast iron used for making cooking wares
  • noun an alloy of copper and lead used especially for making large pots
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  • . (a) The metal from which iron pots are made, different from common pig iron . (b) An alloy of copper with lead used for making large vessels for various purposes in the arts . Ure. (c) A kind of stained glass, the colors of which are incorporated with the melted glass in the pot. Knight.
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precious metal

  • noun any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
    precious metal.
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Precious metals

  • noun any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
    precious metal.
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  • the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.
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Prince's metal

  • (Old Chem.), an alloy resembling brass, consisting of three parts of copper to one of zinc; also called Prince Rupert's metal.
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Prince's metal, Prince Rupert's metal

  • . See under Metal.
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Queen's metal

  • (Metal.), an alloy somewhat resembling pewter or britannia, and consisting essentially of tin with a slight admixture of antimony, bismuth, and lead or copper.
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Road metal

  • noun broken rock used for repairing or making roads
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  • the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.
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Royal metal

  • an old name for gold.
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scrap metal

  • noun discarded metal suitable for reprocessing
    • he finally sold the car for scrap metal
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sheet metal

  • noun sheet of metal formed into a thin plate
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sheet-metal work

  • noun the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems)
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shot metal

  • noun an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic; used in making small shot
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sparkle metal

  • noun matte that has 74 percent copper
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Speculum metal

  • a hard, brittle alloy used for making the reflectors of telescopes and other instruments, usually consisting of copper and tin in various proportions, one of the best being that in which there are 126.4 parts of copper to 58.9 parts of tin, with sometimes a small proportion of arsenic, antimony, or zinc added to improve the whiteness.
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terbium metal

  • noun a separate group of related lanthanides, including terbium, europium, gadolinium, and sometimes dysprosium
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Transmutation of metals

  • (Alchem.), the conversion of base metals into gold or silver, a process often attempted by the alchemists. See Alchemy, and Philosopher's stone, under Philosopher.
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tula metal

Tu"la met`al
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  1. An alloy of silver, copper, and lead made at Tula in Russia. Written also toola metal.
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Type metal

  • noun an alloy of tin and lead and antimony used to make printing type
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  • an alloy used in making type, stereotype plates, etc., and in backing up electrotype plates. It consists essentially of lead and antimony, often with a little tin, nickel, or copper.
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Voltaic protection of metals

  • the protection of a metal exposed to the corrosive action of sea water, saline or acid liquids, or the like, by associating it with a metal which is positive to it, as when iron is galvanized, or coated with zinc.
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White metal

  • noun an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
    bearing metal.
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  • . (a) Any one of several white alloys, as pewter, britannia, etc. (b) (Metal.) A fine grade of copper sulphide obtained at a certain stage in copper smelting.
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wood's metal

  • noun a fusible alloy that is half bismuth plus lead, tin, and cadmium; melts at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit
    Wood's alloy.
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Wood's" met"al
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  1. A fusible alloy consisting of one or two parts of cadmium, two parts of tin, four of lead, with seven or eight part of bismuth. It melts at from 66° to 71° C. See Fusible metal, under Fusible.
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Yellow metal

  • noun a brass that has more zinc and is stronger than alpha brass; used in making castings and hot-worked products
    alpha-beta brass; Muntz metal.
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  • . Same as Muntz metal, under Metal.
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