Zinc Definition

zinced, zincing, zincked, zincking, zinc, zincs
A bluish-white, metallic chemical element, usually found in combination, used as a protective coating for iron, as a constituent in various alloys, as an electrode in electric batteries, and, in the form of salts, in medicines: symbol, Zn; at. no. 30
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 30
  • zn
To coat or treat with zinc; galvanize.
Webster's New World

Origin of Zinc

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • German Zink possibly from Zinke spike (so called because it becomes jagged in the furnace) from Middle High German zinke from Old High German zinko

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

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