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Terne plate is sheet-iron coated with an alloy of lead and tin.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
Close to the Terne stood a beautiful old black and white farmhouse called Petsey.
All was altered, except the Terne flowing through reedy meadows.
At the second drawing a terne of forty thousand francs obliged me to borrow money.
Only the simple drawing, the ambe and the terne to be retained; the quarterne and the quine to be abolished.
- Also called: terne metal an alloy of lead containing tin (10–20 per cent) and antimony (1.5–2 per cent)
- Also called: terne plate steel plate coated with this alloy
C16: perhaps from French terne dull, from Old French ternir to tarnish
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