An alloy is a fusion of a two or more metals or of metals with non-metals.(noun)
An example of an alloy is brass, which is made from copper and zinc.
The definition of an alloy is a finer metal mixed with a less valuable metal.(noun)
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.(noun)
An example of an alloy is the tin in the mixture of copper and tin that makes bronze.
Alloy is defined as the action of combining two metals, or a metal with a non-metal, to create an alloy.(verb)
An example of alloy is someone combining copper and zinc.
Alloy means to mix a less valuable metal with a more valuable one.(verb)
An example of alloy is mixing silver with gold.
Alloy is to make something worse, less pure, or less valuable.(verb)
An example of alloy is mixing mercury into lead.
See alloy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME alai < Anglo-Fr alei (OFr aloi) < aleier: see alloythe
Origin: Fr aloyer < OFr aloier, aleier < L alligare < ad-, to + ligare, to bind: see ligature
See alloy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration (influenced by French aloi)
Origin: of obsolete allay
Origin: , from Middle English alay
Origin: , from Old North French allai
Origin: , from allayer, to alloy
Origin: , from Latin alligāre, to bind
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
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