alloy[al′o̵i; also, and for v. usually, ə lo̵i′, a-]
- The definition of an alloy is a finer metal mixed with a less valuable metal.
An example of an alloy is a mixture of steel and iron.
- An alloy is an addition to something that decreases the level of quality, value or purity.
An example of an alloy is the tin in the mixture of copper and tin that makes bronze.
- An alloy is a fusion of a two or more metals or of metals with non-metals.
An example of an alloy is brass, which is made from copper and zinc.
- Alloy is defined as the action of combining two metals, or a metal with a non-metal, to create an alloy.
An example of alloy is someone combining copper and zinc.
- Alloy means to mix a less valuable metal with a more valuable one.
An example of alloy is mixing silver with gold.
- Alloy is to make something worse, less pure, or less valuable.
An example of alloy is mixing mercury into lead.
- the relative purity of gold or silver; fineness
- a substance that is a mixture, as by fusion, of two or more metals, or of a metal and something else
- Archaic a less valuable metal mixed with a more valuable one, often to give hardness
- something that lowers the value or quality of another thing when mixed with it
Origin of alloyMiddle English alai ; from Anglo-French alei (OFr aloi) ; from aleier: see alloythe
- to make (a metal) less pure by mixing with a less valuable metal
- to mix (metals) to form an alloy
- to debase by mixing with something inferior
Origin of alloyFr aloyer < OFr aloier, aleier < L alligare < ad-, to + ligare, to bind: see ligature
- A metallic solid or liquid that is composed of a homogeneous mixture of two or more metals or of metals and nonmetal or metalloid elements, usually for the purpose of imparting or increasing specific characteristics or properties: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.
- A mixture; an amalgam: “Television news has &ellipsis; always been an alloy of journalism and show business” (Bill Moyers).
- The relative degree of mixture with a base metal; fineness.
- Something added that lowers value or purity.
transitive verbal·loyed, al·loy·ing, al·loys
- To combine (metals) to form an alloy.
- To combine; mix: idealism that was alloyed with political skill.
- To debase by the addition of an inferior element.
Origin of alloyAlteration (influenced by French aloi) of obsolete allay, from Middle English alay, from Old North French allai, from allayer, to alloy, from Latin alligāre, to bind : ad-, ad- + ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present alloys, present participle alloying, simple past and past participle alloyed)
alloy - Computer Definition
A mixture of two or more metals or a mixture of metal and some other substance in order to alter the end product to fit a particular requirement. For example, solder is an alloy of tin and lead.