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.
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.
Gordon W(illard) 1897–1967, U.S. psychologist and educator. Historical Examples “If that Commander Allport would stand in like a true man and lend us a hand, we might get off even now,” exclaimed Desmond. The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston Then Mr. Allport talked water-rates and gas-fittings to Mr. Massey. Gray youth Oliver Onions It stood first […]
agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan. Historical Examples “I will put it allright to-morrow, Sir,” said my distressed employ. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, January 19, 1895 Various The hut of allright attacked by them; plundered of every thing it had in it. The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) […]
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed. every: all kinds; all […]
allsa Allergy Society of South Africa
Washington, 1799–1843, U.S. painter, novelist, and poet. Historical Examples I shall have Allston examine his proofs; he has a hawk’s eye for flaws. The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2 Various Two other names, Malbone and Allston, deserve brief mention. Union and Democracy Allen Johnson “From all that I have heard, sir, Mrs. Allston […]