- Zinc is a metallic element with a blue-white color used as a protective coating for iron and to make metal alloys like nickel silver.
An example of zinc is to glavanize by covering iron with zinc.
A zinc nugget.
Origin of zincGerman zink, zinc, origin, originally , prong, point: first used by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (c. 1526): from the form of the crystals on smelting; akin to Old High German zint, a point, jag ; from Germanic an unverified form tindja from source tine
transitive verbzinced zinced, zinc·ing, zincs or zincked or zinck·ing or zincks
Origin of zincGerman Zink, possibly from Zinke, spike (so called because it becomes jagged in the furnace), from Middle High German zinke, from Old High German zinko.
See also metals.photozincography Obsolete, a type of photoengraving using a sensitized zinc plate. sherardisology the coating of steel and iron with a thin cladding of zinc. —sherardize, v. zincography 1. a lithographic or offset process using zinc plates. 2. a letter press printing process using engraved or photoengraved zinc plates. —zincographer, n. —zincographic, zincographical, adj.
- a chemical element (symbol Zn) with an atomic number of 30.
(third-person singular simple present zincs, present participle zincing, zinking or zincking, simple past and past participle zinced, zinked or zincked)
- (rare) To electroplate with zinc.
- (rare) To coat with sunblock incorporating zinc oxide.
From German Zink, related to Zinke (“point, prong"), from Old High German zint (“a jag, point"), from Proto-Germanic *tinduz, *tindaz (“prong, pinnacle"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont- (“tooth, projection"), see also Dutch tinne (“battlement"), German Zinne (“pinnacle, battlement"), Danish tinde (“pinnacle, battlement"), Swedish tinne (“tooth of a rake"), Icelandic tindur (“spike, tooth of a rake or harrow, pinnacle, peak, battlement").