- an alloy of aluminum that is 4 percent copper and contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, iron, and silicon: used for applications requiring lightness and strength, as in airplane construction.
Origin of duralumin
1905–10; < Latin dūr(us) hard + alumin(um)
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Examples from the Web for duralumin
The duralumin factory is capable of meeting all Zeppelin requirements.Zeppelin
The latest German airplane, the "Junker," was made entirely of duralumin.Creative Chemistry
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Are their motors made with sheet steel cylinders or with duralumin engine blocks?The Great Drought
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They were through, penetrating solid crystal, masonry, steel and duralumin girders.
But duralumin, probably, a very light, strong alloy; and what I have here is a hunting knife with a can-opener on one end!
- trademark a light strong aluminium alloy containing 3.5–4.5 per cent of copper with small quantities of silicon, magnesium, and manganese; used in aircraft manufacture
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