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Definition of Alloy


  1. Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam.
  2. The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.
  3. A baser metal mixed with a finer.
  4. Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from; as, no happiness is without alloy.
  5. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.
  6. To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.
  7. To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.
  8. To form a metallic compound.

Alloy Quotations

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Dan Gable

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
Samuel Butler

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
Anthony Trollope

I was quite unable to make any white metal alloy hard enough to be made into powder by my machinery.
Henry Bessemer
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Alloy Translations

alloy in Danish is legering
alloy in Dutch is alliage, legering, metaalmengsel
alloy in French is alliage
alloy in German is Legierung, Metallegierung, legieren
alloy in Portuguese is liga
alloy in Swedish is legering
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