[ kyoo-pruh-nik-uhl, koo- ]

  1. any of various alloys of copper containing up to 40 percent nickel.

  1. containing copper and nickel.

Origin of cupronickel

First recorded in 1900–05; cupro- + nickel

Words Nearby cupronickel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cupronickel in a sentence

  • The tracer bullet consisted of a cupronickel shell, the nose of which contained a leaden core to balance the bullet properly.

  • On one side of the missile was a hole drilled through the cupronickel into one of the grooves of the serrated plug.

  • Our armor-piercing bullet was made with a cupronickel jacket for the sake of the gun barrel.

  • As soon as the cupronickel jacket strikes the armor plate it splits and the lead core flattens out and flies into fragments.

British Dictionary definitions for cupronickel


/ (ˌkjuːprəʊˈnɪkəl) /

  1. any ductile corrosion-resistant copper alloy containing up to 40 per cent nickel: used in coins, condenser tubes, turbine blades, etc

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