- any of various alloys consisting essentially of copper and tin, the tin content not exceeding 11 percent.
- any of various other alloys having a large copper content.
verb (used with object), bronzed, bronz·ing.
- to apply a fine metallic powder to (the ink of a printed surface) in order to create a glossy effect.
- to apply a fine metallic powder to (areas of a reproduction proof on acetate) in order to increase opacity.
- bronx cheer,
- bronx, the,
- bronze age,
- bronze diabetes,
- bronze doré,
- bronze medal,
- bronze star
Origin of bronze
Examples from the Web for bronze
The quote appears on the bronze plaque the players touch before they take the field for home games.
A platinum plan pays 90 percent of costs; gold plans pay 80 percent; silver plans pay 70 percent; bronze pay 60 percent.Think You’re Invincible? Here’s Why Open Enrollment Matters|DailyBurn|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once dried, a liquid, such as plaster, wax, or bronze, is poured in for a perfect representation of the face.The Ukrainian Face Collector Launches an Exhibition in Kiev|Nina Strochlic|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The difference in premiums between a catastrophic plan and “bronze” plan is substantial.
Bronze plans start at $191 a month, fully one-third more than the catastrophic plan, with a $6,000 deductible.
He also practised sculpture and did eight angels in bronze for the Duomo.
Through the open door of the other room could be seen a bronze babe, guiltless of clothing, that rollicked upon the floor.Cabbages and Kings|O. Henry
The fora and atria were overcrowded with bronze and marble statues and groups.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art|G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
In the find of the oculist Severus is a bronze dish which Deneffe regards as a mortar.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times|John Stewart Milne
Chisels were fairly common at Gezer in all strata after the introduction of bronze.Archology and the Bible|George A. Barton
Word Origin for bronze
1721, "alloy of copper and tin," from French bronze, from Italian bronzo, from Medieval Latin bronzium. Perhaps cognate (via notion of color) with Venetian bronza "glowing coals," or German brunst "fire." Perhaps influenced by Latin Brundisium the Italian town of Brindisi (Pliny writes of aes Brundusinum). Perhaps ultimately from Persian birinj "copper."
In Middle English, the distinction between bronze (copper-tin alloy) and brass (copper-zinc alloy) was not clear, and both were called bras. A bronze medal was given to a third-place finisher since at least 1852. The archaeological Bronze Age (1865) falls between the Stone and Iron ages, and is a reference to the principal material for making weapons and ornaments.
1640s, literally, 1726 figuratively, from French bronzer (16c.) or else from bronze (n.). Related: Bronzed; bronzing. Meaning "to make to be bronze in color" is from 1792.