or gun met·al
- any of various alloys or metallic substances with a dark gray or blackish color or finish, used for chains, belt buckles, etc.
- Also called gunmetal gray. a dark gray with bluish or purplish tinge.
- a bronze formerly much used for cannon.
- an alloy of 88 percent copper, 10 percent tin, and 2 percent zinc, cast or machined for use in valves, gears, and other parts.
Origin of gunmetal
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Examples from the Web for gunmetal
The procession stretched for miles beneath a warm drizzle and a gunmetal gray sky.Salute to a Noble Marine
August 4, 2009
Felix took from an inner pocket of his coat a gunmetal cigarcase.A Son of the Immortals
In Fig. 36, a, a is the body of the apparatus, partly of gunmetal and partly of wood.
The whole should be of gunmetal, and, if the pipes to be used be of iron, screwed at the end.The Turkish Bath
Robert Owen Allsop
The boat chocks are provided with gunmetal wheels, which run in transverse tracks sunk in the deck.An Unsinkable Titanic
John Bernard Walker
The gyroscope is contained in a gunmetal case, and is driven by a jet of steam entering through the trunnions.
- a type of bronze containing copper (88 per cent), tin (8–10 per cent), and zinc (2–4 per cent): used for parts that are subject to wear or to corrosion, esp by sea water
- any of various dark grey metals used for toys, belt buckles, etc
- a dark grey colour with a purplish or bluish tinge
- (as adjective)gunmetal chiffon
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