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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British Dictionary definitions for 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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