white metal

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  1. any of various light-colored alloys, as Babbitt metal or Britannia metal.

Origin of white metal

First recorded in 1605–15

Words Nearby white metal

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How to use white metal in a sentence

  • In the barrow was a portmanteau of brown leather, studded with nails of brass and white metal.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The massive walls of the tower were nearly five feet thick, and made of some tough, white metal.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • Bands of silvery aluminum were fastened about its shell, with little cases of white metal dangling to them.

  • Then the knobbed limbs snapped the white metal tube to a level position.

  • Like the one that had passed us in the upper cavern, they wore glistening white metal accoutrements.

British Dictionary definitions for white metal

white metal

  1. any of various alloys, such as Babbitt metal, used for bearings: Also called: antifriction metal

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