Amalgam meaning

ə-mălgəm
Frequency:
The definition of an amalgam is a mixture of metals and mercury, which can be man-made or can be naturally occurring.

An example of an amalgam is a mixture of silver and mercury which is used as a dental filling.

noun
9
3
Any alloy of mercury with another metal or other metals.

Silver amalgam is used as a dental filling.

noun
7
2
A combination of diverse elements; a mixture.

An amalgam of strength, reputation, and commitment to ethical principles.

noun
7
3
A combination or mixture; blend.
noun
3
1
noun
3
1
Advertisement
An alloy of silver and tin used in silvering mirrors.
2
1
An alloy of mercury and another metal, especially.
2
2
(metallurgy) An alloy containing mercury.
noun
1
0
Any of various alloys of mercury with other metals, especially:
  • An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
  • An alloy of mercury and tin used in silvering mirrors.
noun
1
1
Any of various alloys of mercury with other metals, especially:
  • An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
  • An alloy of mercury and tin used in silvering mirrors.
noun
1
1
Advertisement
(archaic, intransitive) To amalgamate.

verb
1
1
An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
0
1

Origin of amalgam

  • Middle English from Old French amalgame from Medieval Latin amalgama probably ultimately from Greek malagma soft mass

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin amalgama (“mercury alloy”), from Ancient Greek μάλαγμα (malagma, “gold”), from μαλάσσω (malassō, “to soften”), from μαλακός (malakos, “soft”). For the verb, compare French amalgamer.

    From Wiktionary