[ noun al-oi, uh-loi; verb uh-loi ]
/ noun ˈæl ɔɪ, əˈlɔɪ; verb əˈlɔɪ /
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verb (used with object)



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Origin of alloy

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Middle French aloi, Old French alei, noun derivative of aleier “to combine,” from Latin alligāre “to bind up,” equivalent to al- “toward” (see al-) + ligāre “to bind” (see ally, ligament); replacing earlier allay, Middle English, from Anglo-French allai
un·al·loyed, adjective
allay, alley, alloy , ally
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British Dictionary definitions for alloy


noun (ˈælɔɪ, əˈlɔɪ)

a metallic material, such as steel, brass, or bronze, consisting of a mixture of two or more metals or of metallic elements with nonmetallic elements. Alloys often have physical properties markedly different from those of the pure metals
something that impairs the quality or reduces the value of the thing to which it is added

verb (əˈlɔɪ) (tr)

to add (one metal or element to another metal or element) to obtain a substance with a desired property
to debase (a pure substance) by mixing with an inferior element
to diminish or impair
C16: from Old French aloi a mixture, from aloier to combine, from Latin alligāre, from ligāre to bind
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Medical definitions for alloy

[ ăloi′, ə-loi ]


A homogeneous mixture or solid solution of two or more metals, the atoms of one replacing or occupying interstitial positions between the atoms of the other.
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Scientific definitions for alloy

[ ăloi′ ]

A metallic substance made by mixing and fusing two or more metals, or a metal and a nonmetal, to obtain desirable qualities such as hardness, lightness, and strength. Brass, bronze, and steel are all alloys.
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Cultural definitions for alloy

[ (al-oy, uh-loy) ]

A material made of two or more metals, or of a metal and another material. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. Alloys often have unexpected characteristics. In the examples given above, brass is stronger than either copper or zinc, and steel is stronger than either iron or carbon.

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