nonferrous

[ non-fer-uhs ]
/ nɒnˈfɛr əs /

adjective

(of a metal) containing little or no iron.
noting or pertaining to metals other than iron or steel.

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Origin of nonferrous

First recorded in 1885–90; non- + ferrous
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Example sentences from the Web for nonferrous

  • Among the slowest growing branches were timber and wood processing, textiles, nonferrous metallurgy, and food processing.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Reserves of nonferrous metals are reported to be more plentiful than reserves of iron ore.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The average wholesale prices of other primary goods, such as nonferrous metals, have fallen to 76 per cent of 1928.

  • The lowest growth rates among basic industries were attained by the timber and woodworking industry and nonferrous metallurgy.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for nonferrous

nonferrous
/ (ˌnɒnˈfɛrəs) /

adjective

denoting any metal other than iron
not containing irona nonferrous alloy
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