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  1. Chemistry. a silver-white metallic element, light in weight, ductile, malleable, and not readily corroded or tarnished, occurring combined in nature in igneous rock, shale, clay, and most soil: used in alloys and for lightweight utensils, castings, airplane parts, etc. : alum.; : Al; : 26.98; : 13; : 2.70 at 20°C.


  1. of, relating to, or containing aluminum:

    an aluminum frying pan.


/ ə-lo̅o̅mə-nəm /

  1. Symbol Al A lightweight, silvery-white metallic element that is ductile, is found chiefly in bauxite, and is a good conductor of electricity. It is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust and is used to make a wide variety of products from soda cans to airplane components. Atomic number 13; atomic weight 26.9815; melting point 660.3°C (1,220.5°F); boiling point 2,519°C; specific gravity 2.70; valence 3.

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  • al·u·min·ic [al-y, uh, -, min, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of aluminum1

1812; from New Latin; aluminum was an alteration, by Humphry Davy, of alumium, which was first proposed; the chiefly British variant aluminium was formed after other metals in -ium. See alumina, -ium

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Example Sentences

It’s super durable with raised sides protect the screen and an aluminum button.

Toyota's system uses an extremely beefy aluminum extrusion cage that covers the entire ceiling of the test house.

BPA-free plastic, stainless steel and aluminum construction afford this unit both durability and longevity.

For starters, the 5 features a 100% recycled aluminum body, whereas the 4a 5G is polycarbonate.

The aluminum legs support a lot of weight, and the top is easy to clean.

New refinements in aluminum made structures both stronger and lighter.

According to police, Kory then attacked the victim with an aluminum tennis racket.

I glimpse an alarming, finger-length aluminum baton in her bag.

In 2012, Li allegedly supplied the Iranians with 20,000 kilos of steel pipe and 1,300 aluminum alloy tubes.

It is one of the only times I can think of when life imitates art to the very bleeding edge of an aluminum shank.

When partially exhausted the aluminum shutters are dipped into a bath of shellac.

On a hunch I dropped in an aluminum alkyl, and then pushed the polymerization along with both ultraviolet and heat.

These experiments did show, however, that the tablets contained an amount of aluminum corresponding to over 25 per cent.

It was enough, with some aluminum above the amount needed for the wire.

It was the year one hundred and fifty-two when they smelted the aluminum.


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