alloy

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I. noun alloy /ˈalɔɪ /

1. a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion

an alloy of nickel, bronze, and zinc
[as modifier]
alloy wheels.
2. an inferior metal mixed with a precious one.
II. verb [with obj.] alloy /əˈlɔɪ, ˈalɔɪ /

1. mix (metals) to make an alloy

alloying tin with copper to make bronze.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Old French aloi (noun) and French aloyer (verb), both from Old French aloier, aleier ‘combine’, from Latin alligare ‘bind’. In early use the term denoted the comparative purity of gold or silver; the sense ‘mixture of metals’ arose in the mid 17th cent.

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