white metal


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. white market,
  2. white marlin,
  3. white matter,
  4. white meat,
  5. white melilot,
  6. white meter,
  7. white mountain,
  8. white mountains,
  9. white mulberry,
  10. white mule

Origin of white metal

First recorded in 1605–15

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Examples from the Web for white metal

  • The white-metal letters "SG" on this brass plate lend themselves to so many interpretations that no identification is attempted.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851|J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • White-metal alloys are in use on rubber machines, and cast-iron bearings have been employed satisfactorily for years.

  • It is oval with raised edges and has a white-metal "F" applied with simple wire fasteners.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851|J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • "I don't know what to do," said Glass, picking nervously at his white-metal watch chain.

    Desert Conquest|A. M. Chisholm


British Dictionary definitions for white metal

white metal

noun

any of various alloys, such as Babbitt metal, used for bearingsAlso called: antifriction metal
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