• WordNet 3.6
    • v alloy make an alloy of
    • v alloy lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
    • n alloy the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
    • n alloy a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alloy A baser metal mixed with a finer. "Fine silver is silver without the mixture of any baser metal. Alloy is baser metal mixed with it."
    • Alloy Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from; as, no happiness is without alloy . "Pure English without Latin alloy ."
    • Alloy Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam.
    • Alloy The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.
    • Alloy To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.
    • v. t Alloy To form a metallic compound. "Gold and iron alloy with ease."
    • Alloy To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.
    • Alloy To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alloy To mix (two or more metals) so as to form a compound, without reference to the relative value of the metals mixed.
    • alloy To reduce to a desired standard or quality by mixing with a less valuable metal: as, to alloy gold or silver with copper.
    • alloy Figuratively, to debase or reduce in character or condition by admixture; impair by the intrusion of a base or alien element; contaminate; modify: as, external prosperity alloyed by domestic trials.
    • alloy To enter into combination, as one metal with another.
    • alloy Formerly written allay.
    • n alloy An artificial compound of two or more metals combined while in a state of fusion, as of copper and tin, which form bronze, or of lead and antimony, which form type-metal. The alloys are numerous, as the brasses, bronzes, solders, type-, gun-, and bell-metals, etc., and are of great importance in the practical arts. There are many varieties of these alloys, the character of each being determined by the proportions of its constituents. An artificial metallic mixture containing quicksilver is termed an amalgam (which see).
    • n alloy An inferior metal mixed with one of greater value. The gold and silver coins of the United States are of the standard fineness of 900 parts of fine metal and 100 parts of copper alloy, of which in the case of gold not more than one tenth may be silver. In the case of silver coins the alloy is wholly of copper. Hence these coins are said to be 900 fine. See alloyage.
    • n alloy Standard; quality; fineness.
    • n alloy Figuratively, admixture, as of good with evil; a deleterious mixture or element; taint: as, no earthly happiness is without alloy.
    • n alloy Formerly written allay. D'Arcetz's, Newton's, Rose's fusible alloy of bismuth. See metal.
    • n alloy A metallic alloy possesses the general physical properties of a metal, but is usually intermediate in properties between those of its constituents. Alloys are divided into three classes: Those which form solid solutions in all proportions;
    • n alloy those which do not form solid solutions in all proportions, and which form no chemical compounds; and.
    • n alloy those which form one or more chemical compounds. An alloy of the first class forms a homogeneous fluid when melted, and a homogeneous solid after freezing. Alloys of the second class form a homogeneous fluid when melted, but on, solidification the components separate from oue another and form microscopic crystals of the different metals intimately associated, but not in chemical combination or solution. A highly magnified section of such an alloy would not show a homogeneous structure, but the individual crystals of the pure components could be distinguished. Alloys of the third class follow the same general laws on solidification as the alloys of the second class, but the crystals which separate do not consist of the pure components, but some of the crystals will be of one or more of the pure components, while other crystals will be formed of chemical compounds of the different components.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Alloy al-loi′ to mix one metal with another: to reduce the purity of a metal by mixing a baser one with it:
    • n Alloy a mixture of two or more metals (when mercury is one of the ingredients, it is an amalgam): a baser metal mixed with a finer: anything that deteriorates
    • v.t Alloy al-loi′ (fig.) to debase: to temper or qualify
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  • Samuel Butler
    “A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aloyer, OF. alier, allier, later allayer, fr. L. aligare,. See Alloy (n.) Ally (v. t.), and cf. Allay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. alei (Fr. aloi), aleier—L. alligāre. The modern Fr. words aloi and aloyer were confounded with Fr. à loi, to law, and the same confusion was transferred into English.


In literature:

Janetta's unselfish admiration for her friend was as simple as it was true, and it was never alloyed by envy or toadyism.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
It ate through steel and aluminum alloy like putty.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Prince's metal (so called from Prince Rupert), a fine brass alloyed with copper and arsenicum, is occasionally named.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
Tiny dots of alloy formed critical junctions, connected by minute, sprayed-in threads of conductor material.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Nor was this prosperity without alloy.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Not only, however, when metals are united like zinc and copper to form an alloy, is it possible to obtain the bands which belong to them.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
For that is not pure and perfect which, is alloyed with self-interest.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I" by Various
Apparently, it was made of plastic, or some light alloy, for he handled it as though it weighed very little.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
It is too soft for such uses unless some alloy, usually copper or silver, is mixed with it to make it harder.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
A part of the copper is mixed with zinc to form brass, an alloy much used in light machinery.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway

In poetry:

Along her laughter rippled
The melody of joy;
She drank from every chalice,
And tasted no alloy.
"A Laugh -- And A Moan" by Abram Joseph Ryan
O perfect day without alloy!
O song of breeze and wild bird's wing!
It was an ecstasy of joy
To be a living thing.
"A Contrast" by Cicely Fox Smith
For on its wing was dark alloy,
And, as it flutter'd- fell
An essence- powerful to destroy
A soul that knew it well.
"The Happiest Day-The Happiest Hour" by Edgar Allan Poe
The spirit that makes my singing
The gladness without alloy,
Oh, Heart of a Hundred Sorrows,
I bring thee a little joy.
"Heart Of A Hundred Sorrows" by Theodosia Garrison
In sooth, he heard all forest sounds
With real sportsman's joy;
And here he always pleasure found,
With little of alloy.
"The Huntsman And His Hound" by Thomas Frederick Young
Then who shall say the tempest's work
Brings more of pain than joy;
Or that the evil things, to us
Are pain, without alloy?
"A Snow Storm" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

He was a heavy equipment operator for SKW Alloys in Calvert City.
He was a heavy-equipment operator for SKW Alloys in Calvert City.
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a supplier of specialty stainless-steel and high-temperature alloys, has unveiled a redesigned website, with plenty of new additions.
Ceramic crowns are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to alloy crowns.
Revision of A90 / A90M - 11Standard Test Method for Weight of Coating on Iron and Steel Articles with Zinc or Zinc-Alloy Coatings .
PVD coatings , as shown, are best applied when turning high-temperature alloys.
Chromate conversion coatings have been used on magnesium alloys and Zn-Ni platings mainly for temporary corrosion protection and to improve the adhesive bonding characteristics of the surface.
The crusher has a special hardened alloy one piece cutting drum fitted with over 200 tapered teeth.
Website a Cornucopia of Copper-Alloy Info.
This paper introduces a newly developed system for increased corrosion protection for zinc and zinc-alloy coated surfaces.
The gilt copper alloy plaque is from 17th century Nepal.
These days, for high-end bikes where weight is at a premium, they use aluminium alloys or even carbon fibre.
Indian stocks had their biggest drop this month as earnings reports from companies including State Bank of India, the largest lender, and Tata Steel Ltd, the biggest producer of the alloy, disappointed investors.
Located on the shores of the St Lawrence River in Québec, Aluminerie de Bécancour is an aluminum smelter that produces 400,000 metric tons of aluminum annually in the form of rolling ingots, T-ingots (pure and alloyed), and billets.
A component of the forward fuselage, the part was milled from a block of aluminum alloy by a five-axis, high-performance machining center.

In science:

N , N being the number of unit cells of the alloy.
Electron states in a one-dimensional random binary alloy
It comprises inter alia high temperature superconducting oxides1 and various heavy fermion alloys.2 Two models are usually used to study such system.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
Comparison of the DOS of (a) disordered noninteracting A1−xBx alloy with x = 0.5, εA = 0, εB = −0.3eV with that calculated for the same alloy but with interacting carriers (b).
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
Continuing along those lines, it may be possible to tune some of the properties of the metal-boron tubes by forming alloys.
Metal-Boron Nanotubes
Typical examples of random-anisotropy magnets are amorphous rareearth – transition metal alloys.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model