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Webster 1913 Edition


Alloy

Al-loy′

,
Noun.
[OE.
alai
, OF.
alei
, F.
aloyer
, to alloy,
alier
to ally. See
Alloy
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
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.
2.
The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.
3.
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.
Locke.
4.
Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from;
as, no happiness is without
alloy
.
“Pure English without Latin alloy.”
F. Harrison.

Al-loy′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Alloyed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Alloying
.]
[F.
aloyer
, OF.
alier
,
allier
, later
allayer
, fr. L.
aligare
. See
Alloy
,
Noun.
,
Ally
,
Verb.
T.
, and cf.
Allay
.]
1.
To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance;
as, to
alloy
gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper
.
2.
To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.
3.
To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay;
as, to
alloy
pleasure with misfortunes
.

Al-loy′

,
Verb.
T.
To form a metallic compound.
Gold and iron
alloy
with ease.
Ure.

Webster 1828 Edition


Alloy

ALLOY'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. alligo, ad and ligo, to bind. Gr.]
1.
To reduce the purity of a metal, by mixing with it a portion of one less valuable; as, to alloy gold with silver, or silver with copper.
2.
To mix metals.
3.
To reduce or abate by mixture; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.

ALLOY'

,
Noun.
1.
A baser metal mixed with a finer.
2.
The mixture of different metals; any metallic compound; this is its common signification in chimistry.
3.
Evil mixed with good; as, no happiness is without alloy.

Definition 2022


alloy

alloy

English

Noun

alloy (plural alloys)

  1. A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.
  2. An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc.
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Etymology 2

From Old French aloiier (assemble, join), from Latin alligare (bind to, tie to), compound of ad (to) + ligare (to bind).

Verb

alloy (third-person singular simple present alloys, present participle alloying, simple past and past participle alloyed)

  1. To mix or combine; often used of metals.
  2. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance.
    to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper
  3. (figuratively) To impair or debase by mixture.
    to alloy pleasure with misfortunes
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