Adjective "alloy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion.
  1. as modifier 'alloy wheels'
  2. 'Produced from a combination of polymers and metallic alloys, it is highly corrosion resistant and almost maintenance free.'
  3. 'Because the yield strength of aluminum alloys is frequently comparable to those of common carbon and stainless steels, aluminum is very competitive with these materials when the application is for a stocky column.'
  4. 'Coins are made using various alloys of metals like nickel, copper and zinc.'
  5. 'A zirconium-based alloy exhibits 2.5 times the strength of some titanium alloys.'
  6. 'The tests involved mixing the constituent elements of the alloy, heating and melting the mixture, and allowing it to cool and solidify.'
  7. 'There is an unusual combination spacer and recoil buffer made of an alloy of brass, titanium and magnesium.'
  8. 'The luxury package also includes metallic paint, alloy wheels, a simple-to-operate cruise control, a trip computer and some very useful electric seats with memory.'
  9. 'As a magnetic coating material, bridge paint gave way some time ago to electroplated and vacuum-sputtered layers of metallic alloys, made up of cobalt, platinum, chromium and boron.'
  10. 'Since beryllium-nickel alloys resist corrosion by salt water, they are used in marine engine parts.'
  11. 'This new material, an alloy of titanium and nickel, has an ability to return to its original shape after bending.'
  12. 'The precious metals could be extracted by stirring the molten alloy with molten lead: gold and silver dissolved in the lead while copper did not.'
  13. 'The quality of the boxes themselves also suffered as material became scarce - a consignment of brass was lost with the Lusitania, and as brass was needed for the direct war effort, later boxes were of inferior alloy.'


Mix (metals) to make an alloy.
  1. 'Others soon followed, industrializing it and sinking shafts to deposits of iron and other metals that could be alloyed to make tools for the Federation war machine.'
  2. 'Palladium is generally alloyed with other precious metals, such as gold and silver, as well as with copper.'
  3. 'As is the case with steel, titanium is alloyed with other metals to increase its strength.'
  4. 'Silver is much softer than brass if it is not alloyed with copper, tin, or some other less costly metal.'
  5. 'They showed that the copper and zinc alloyed to make the brass were of higher purity than would have been available in the 16th century.'
  6. 'Depleted uranium alloyed with a small amount of titanium is even harder.'
  7. 'It is such a soft and pliable metal that it needs to be alloyed with other metals, into brass or bronze, before it can be used for a structural purpose.'
  8. 'Aluminum is melted and alloyed, and liquid droplets are sprayed or dropped against a chilled surface of high thermal conductivity - for example, a copper wheel that is water cooled internally.'
  9. 'Gold is also alloyed with other metals to create different colors of gold.'
  10. 'To be effective in modification, antimony must be alloyed to approximately 0.06%.'
  11. 'a salutary fear alloyed their admiration'
  12. 'The rhapsodic pleasures of her earlier work are alloyed here by a distinctive moral register, a pang of loss and imminent threat.'
  13. 'Once more, he will forge a character by alloying his own inner stuff with whatever the audience members bring into the theatre.'

More definitions

1. a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.

2. a 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. verb (used with object)

6. to mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.

7. to reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.

8. to de

More examples(as adjective)

"pipes can be alloy."

"materials can be alloy."


Late 16th century: 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 century.