Alloy meaning

ăl'oi', ə-loi'
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.

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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.

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A mixture; an amalgam.
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Something added that lowers value or purity.
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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.
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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.

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Alloy means to mix a less valuable metal with a more valuable one.

An example of alloy is mixing silver with gold.

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Alloy is to make something worse, less pure, or less valuable.

An example of alloy is mixing mercury into lead.

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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.

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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.

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The relative degree of mixture with a base metal; fineness.
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To combine (metals) to form an alloy.
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To combine; mix.

Idealism that was alloyed with political skill.

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To debase by the addition of an inferior element.
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The relative purity of gold or silver; fineness.
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A substance that is a mixture, as by fusion, of two or more metals, or of a metal and something else.
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To make (a metal) less pure by mixing with a less valuable metal.
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To mix (metals) to form an alloy.
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To debase by mixing with something inferior.
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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.
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A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.
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An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc.
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To mix or combine; often used of metals.
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To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance.

To alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.

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(figuratively) To impair or debase by mixture.

To alloy pleasure with misfortunes.

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Origin of alloy

  • Alteration (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 leig- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French aloiier (“assemble, join”), from Latin alligare (“bind to, tie to”), compound of ad (“to”) + ligare (“to bind”).
    From Wiktionary
  • From Anglo-Norman alai, from Old French aloi, from aloiier.
    From Wiktionary