- a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
- a less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one.
- standard; quality; fineness.
- admixture, as of good with evil.
- anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.
- to mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
- to reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.
- to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.
Origin of alloy
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Examples from the Web for alloying
They soon found a way of hardening gold by alloying it with silver.The Historical Child
This property may be increased by alloying the steel with tungsten and hardening it before it is magnetized.Aviation Engines
Victor Wilfred Pag
The republic debased the coinage by reducing its weight, the empire by alloying it.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)
John William Draper
Bronze, added by alloying copper, tin and iron, is used for gun metal.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting
Harold P. Manly
No "commercial arrangements," no painting of surfaces, nor alloying of substances, will avail him a pennyweight.The Crown of Wild Olive
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for alloying
early 14c. "relative freedom of a noble metal from alloy or other impurities," from Anglo-French alai, Old French aloi, from aloiier (see alloy (v.)). Meaning " base metal alloyed with a noble metal" is from c.1400. Modern spelling from late 17c.
- 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.
- 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.
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.