white metal


noun

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

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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