a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
a less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one.
standard; quality; fineness.
admixture, as of good with evil.
anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.
to mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
to reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.
to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.
Historical Examples

So likewise in the drawing of wire, the alloying of lead with other metals for anti-friction bearings, and so on.
Inventors at Work George Iles

This property may be increased by alloying the steel with tungsten and hardening it before it is magnetized.
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag

No “commercial arrangements,” no painting of surfaces nor alloying of substances, will avail him a pennyweight.
Unto This Last and Other Essays on Political Economy John Ruskin

The republic debased the coinage by reducing its weight, the empire by alloying it.
History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2) John William Draper

They soon found a way of hardening gold by alloying it with silver.
The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman

Bronze, added by alloying copper, tin and iron, is used for gun metal.
Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting Harold P. Manly

No “commercial arrangements,” no painting of surfaces, nor alloying of substances, will avail him a pennyweight.
The Crown of Wild Olive John Ruskin

The Mound-builders were ignorant of the arts of casting, welding, and alloying.
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume IV Hubert Howe Bancroft

Durdles unfeelingly takes out his two-foot rule, and measures the lines calmly, alloying them with stone-grit.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

They are prepared by alloying known weights of gold and lead, so as to get an alloy of known composition, say one per cent.
A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer

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 (transitive) (əˈlɔɪ)
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

early 14c. “relative freedom of a noble metal from alloy or other impurities,” from Anglo-French alai, Old French aloi, from aloiier (see alloy (v.)). Meaning ” base metal alloyed with a noble metal” is from c.1400. Modern spelling from late 17c.

c.1400, “mix with a baser metal,” from Old French aloiier “assemble, join,” from Latin alligare “bind to, tie to,” compound of ad- “to” (see ad-) + ligare “to bind” (see ligament); hence “bind one thing to another.” Related: Alloyed; alloying.

alloy al·loy (āl’oi’, ə-loi’)
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.
A metallic substance made by mixing and fusing two or more metals, or a metal and a nonmetal, to obtain desirable qualities such as hardness, lightness, and strength. Brass, bronze, and steel are all alloys.
alloy [(al-oy, uh-loy)]

A material made of two or more metals, or of a metal and another material. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. Alloys often have unexpected characteristics. In the examples given above, brass is stronger than either copper or zinc, and steel is stronger than either iron or carbon.

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