- 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.
Origin of bronze
Examples from the Web for bronze
Contemporary Examples of bronze
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
The quote appears on the bronze plaque the players touch before they take the field for home games.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
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
November 16, 2014
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
August 21, 2014
The difference in premiums between a catastrophic plan and “bronze” plan is substantial.With More Competition and Choice, Obamacare Might Not Be So Horrible
May 12, 2014
Historical Examples of bronze
There were bronze chariots with horses of bronze to draw them and men of bronze to hold the reins.Buried Cities, Part 2
Bronze lampholder: Five lamps hung from the branches of this bronze tree.
Felix, in gratitude, had this portrait of his master cast in bronze.
Then the artist took a separate sheet of bronze for his design.
These piles were stems, or trunks of trees, sharpened with stone or bronze tools.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
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.