German silver

  1. any of various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, usually white and used for utensils, drawing instruments, etc.; nickel silver.

Origin of German silver

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby German silver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use German silver in a sentence

  • The principal use of zinc is as an alloy with other metals to form brass, bronze, German silver and bearing metals.

  • The commonest alloy containing nickel is German silver, although one of its most important alloys is found in nickel steel.

  • German-silver wire has a much greater resistance than copper wire of the same size and length.

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  • But nobody would understand nowadays what you meant by German-silver; it's perfectly gone out.

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  • He was never without an immense, knotted, hard-wood cane with a German-silver tip on its crooked handle.

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British Dictionary definitions for German silver

German silver

  1. another name for nickel silver

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