- 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.
- a metallic brownish color.
- a work of art, as a statue, statuette, bust, or medal, composed of bronze.
- Numismatics. a coin made of bronze, especially one from the Roman Empire.
- to give the appearance or color of bronze to.
- to make brown, as by exposure to the sun: The sun bronzed his face.
- 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.
- having the color bronze.
Origin of bronze
Related Words for bronzinglayer, scale, enamel, overlay, laminate, cover, flake, gild, foil, face, stratify, silver, bronze, platinize, nickel, anodize, chrome, encrust, electroplate
Examples from the Web for bronzing
Contemporary Examples of bronzing
A comprehensive skin-care routine, whitening eye drops, lip balm, concealer, and a bronzing gel.Makeup for Men Is on the Rise—and No Longer a Taboo
May 14, 2013
Historical Examples of bronzing
His complexion was dark, from the bronzing of fifteen summers in New Orleans.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
"It's an awful predicament," said Mr. Walkingshaw, shaking his bronzing head.The Prodigal Father
J. Storer Clouston
When bronzing by hand is wanted these girls are set to it (13 were doing it last week).
This was no doubt due to the bronzing liquid rather than to the aluminum.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
Bronzing is that process by which figures of plaster-of-paris, wood, &c. are made to have the appearance of copper or brass.Endless Amusement
- blue pigment producing a metallic lustre when ground into paint media at fairly high concentrations
- the application of a mixture of powdered metal or pigments of a metallic lustre, and a binding medium, such as gold size, to a surface
- a yellowish-brown colour or pigment
- a statue, medal, or other object made of bronze
- short for bronze medal
- made of or resembling bronze
- of a yellowish-brown coloura bronze skin
- (esp of the skin) to make or become brown; tan
- (tr) to give the appearance of bronze to
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.
- A yellow or brown alloy of copper and tin, sometimes with small amounts of other metals such as lead or zinc. Bronze is harder than brass and is used both in industry and in art.
- An alloy of copper and certain metals other than tin, such as aluminum.