- 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 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
noun building trades
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.