- any of various alloys of tin with smaller amounts of antimony and copper, used as an antifriction lining for bearings.
- any of various similar alloys.
Also babbitt metal, bab·bitt.
Origin of Babbitt metal
1870–75, Americanism; named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), American inventor
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- any of a number of alloys originally based on tin, antimony, and copper but now often including lead: used esp in bearingsSometimes shortened to: Babbitt
Word Origin for Babbitt metal
C19: named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), American inventor
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