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Definition of "alloy" []

  • A homogeneous mixture or solid solution of two or more metals, the atoms of one replacing or occupying interstitial positions between the atoms of the other: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. (noun)
  • A mixture; an amalgam: "Television news has . . . always been an alloy of journalism and show business” ( Bill Moyers). (noun)
  • The relative degree of mixture with a base metal; fineness. (noun)
  • Something added that lowers value or purity. (noun)
  • To combine (metals) to form an alloy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "alloy" in a sentence
  • "A bicycle comprising a frame made of a copper aluminum titanium alloy with a melting point of * melting point of the alloy* and a horn."
  • "A bicycle comprising a copper titanium alloy with a melting point of * melting point of alloy*."
  • "The term alloy steel, from the steel maker's point of view, refers largely to nickel and chromium steel or a combination of both."