- 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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White-metal alloys are in use on rubber machines, and cast-iron bearings have been employed satisfactorily for years.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
"I don't know what to do," said Glass, picking nervously at his white-metal watch chain.Desert Conquest
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The white-metal letters "SG" on this brass plate lend themselves to so many interpretations that no identification is attempted.
It is oval with raised edges and has a white-metal "F" applied with simple wire fasteners.
- any of various alloys, such as Babbitt metal, used for bearingsAlso called: antifriction metal
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