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nonferrous

[non-fer-uh s]
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adjective
  1. (of a metal) containing little or no iron.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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

  • The average wholesale prices of other primary goods, such as nonferrous metals, have fallen to 76 per cent of 1928.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for nonferrous

nonferrous

adjective
  1. denoting any metal other than iron
  2. not containing irona nonferrous alloy
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