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.(noun)
An example of zinc is to glavanize by covering iron with zinc.
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Origin: Ger zink, zinc, orig., prong, point: first used by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (c. 1526): from the form of the crystals on smelting; akin to OHG zint, a point, jag < Gmc *tindja > tine
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noun Symbol Zn
Origin: German Zink
Origin: , possibly from Zinke, spike (so called because it becomes jagged in the furnace)
Origin: , from Middle High German zinke
Origin: , from Old High German zinko.
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See also metals.
Obsolete, a type of photoengraving using a sensitized zinc plate.
the coating of steel and iron with a thin cladding of zinc. —sherardize, v.
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.
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