- (of a metal) containing little or no iron.
- noting or pertaining to metals other than iron or steel.
Origin of nonferrous
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The lowest growth rates among basic industries were attained by the timber and woodworking industry and nonferrous metallurgy.
The average wholesale prices of other primary goods, such as nonferrous metals, have fallen to 76 per cent of 1928.State of the Union Addresses of Herbert Hoover
Among the slowest growing branches were timber and wood processing, textiles, nonferrous metallurgy, and food processing.
Reserves of nonferrous metals are reported to be more plentiful than reserves of iron ore.
- denoting any metal other than iron
- not containing irona nonferrous alloy
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