1. [ noun ] (chemistry,metallurgy) a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
Synonyms: metal

"brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"

Related terms: metallic_element mixture steel alnico amalgam heavy_metal pewter pinchbeck solder white_gold nickel-base_alloy white_metal type_metal Stellite oreide Carboloy cheoplastic_metal copper-base_alloy dental_gold Duralumin Inconel Invar sterling_silver nickel_silver pyrophoric_alloy shot_metal Babbitt_metal tombac Wood's_metal Britannia_metal electrum pot_metal fusible_metal solid_solution metal
2. [ verb ] (metallurgy) make an alloy of (metals)
Related terms: blend chemistry metallurgy
3. [ verb ] lower in value by increasing the base-metal content; of metals
Synonyms: debase
Related terms: devalue metallurgy
4. [ noun ] the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
Synonyms: admixture
Related terms: impurity
Similar spelling:   allo