Babbitt metal

noun Metallurgy.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for babbitt metal

Babbitt metal


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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