1. a brand name for a nickel-base alloy, containing chromium and iron, having high electrical resistance and stability at high temperatures. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for nichrome

Historical Examples of nichrome

  • The only part of it that is at all difficult to get is the nichrome resistance wire.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • If nichrome wire were used, it would be 1/60th the length of copper for the same gauge, or 93 feet.

    Electricity for the farm

    Frederick Irving Anderson

  • Air became a high-resistance conductor comparable to nichrome wire, when and where the projector sent its microwaves.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for nichrome


  1. trademark any of various alloys containing nickel, iron, and chromium, with smaller amounts of other components. It is used in electrical heating elements, furnaces, etc
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