alloy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈælɔɪ/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/n. ˈælɔɪ, əˈlɔɪ; v. əˈlɔɪ/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(n. aloi, ə loi; v. ə loi)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
al•loy /n. ˈælɔɪ, əˈlɔɪ; v. əˈlɔɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. Metallurgya substance made up of two or more metals.
  2. anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.
  3. any mixture of things:an alloy of good and evil.

v. [~ + object]
  1. Metallurgyto mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
See unalloyed .
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
al•loy  (n. aloi, ə loi;v. ə loi),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Metallurgya substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
  2. Metallurgya less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one.
  3. standard;
    quality;
    fineness.
  4. admixture, as of good with evil.
  5. anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.

v.t. 
  1. Metallurgyto mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
  2. Metallurgyto reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.
  3. to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture;
    adulterate.
  • Anglo-French allai
  • Latin alligāre to bind up, equivalent. to al- al- + ligāre to bind (see ally, ligament); replacing earlier allay, Middle English
  • Middle French aloi, Old French alei, noun, nominal derivative of aleier to combine
  • 1590–1600
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fusion, blend, composite.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
alloy n /ˈælɔɪ; əˈlɔɪ/
  1. a metallic material, such as steel, brass, or bronze, consisting of a mixture of two or more metals or of metallic elements with nonmetallic elements. Alloys often have physical properties markedly different from those of the pure metals
  2. something that impairs the quality or reduces the value of the thing to which it is added
vb /əˈlɔɪ/(transitive)
  1. to add (one metal or element to another metal or element) to obtain a substance with a desired property
  2. to debase (a pure substance) by mixing with an inferior element
  3. to diminish or impair
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French aloi a mixture, from aloier to combine, from Latin alligāre, from ligāre to bind
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