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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun alloy:


Alloy (a combination; a mixture of two or more metals) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun alloy

What does alloy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alloys

  1. a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
    • example: brass is an alloy of zinc and copper
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of alloy: metal
    • more generic word: mixture = a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together
    • more specific terms:
      • heavy metal = a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight
      • 18-karat gold = an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold
      • 22-karat gold = an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold
      • oreide / oroide = alloy of copper and tin and zinc
      • dental amalgam / amalgam = an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth
      • fusible metal = an alloy with a low melting point and used as solder and in safety plugs and sprinkler fuses
      • electrum = an alloy of gold and silver
      • pewter = any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals
      • pinchbeck = an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
      • pot metal = an alloy of copper and lead used especially for making large pots
      • solder = an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces
      • white gold = a pale alloy of gold usually with platinum or nickel or palladium
      • type metal = an alloy of tin and lead and antimony used to make printing type
      • bearing metal / white metal = an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
      • Babbitt metal / babbitt = an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony
      • Britannia metal = an alloy similar to pewter
      • steel = an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction
      • cheoplastic metal = any alloy that fuses at low temperatures and can be used molding artificial teeth
      • copper-base alloy = any alloy whose principal component is copper
      • dental gold = an alloy of gold used in dentistry
      • nickel-base alloy / nickel alloy = an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
      • German silver / nickel silver = a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel
      • pyrophoric alloy = an alloy that emits sparks when struck or scratched with steel
      • shot metal = an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic
      • sterling silver = a silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper
      • tambac / tombac / tombak = an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding
      • Wood's alloy / Wood's metal = a fusible alloy that is half bismuth plus lead, tin, and cadmium
    • substance: primary solid solution / solid solution = a homogeneous solid that can exist over a range of component chemicals
  2. the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something

Alternative definition of the noun alloy


  1. a metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.

Definition of the verb alloy

What does alloy mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alloyed | alloying | alloys

  1. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
    • domain: metallurgy
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of alloy: debase
    • more generic word: devalue = lower the value or quality of
  2. make an alloy of

Alternative definition of the verb alloy


  1. mix or combine; often used of metals


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  1. Alloy: An alloy is a material composed of two or more metals or a metal and a nonmetal. An alloy may be a solid solution of the elements, a mixture of metallic phases or an intermetallic compound with no distinct boundary between the phases. Solid solution alloys give a single solid phase microstructure, while partial solutions exhibit two or more phases that may or may not be homogeneous in distribution, depending on the thermal history of the material. An inter-metallic compound has one other alloy or pure metal embedded within another pure metal.
    • also known as โลหะผสม
  2. Alloy: In computer science and software engineering, Alloy is a declarative specification language for expressing complex structural constraints and behavior in a software system. Alloy provides a simple structural modeling tool based on first-order logic. The mathematical underpinnings of the language were heavily influenced by the Z notation, although the syntax of Alloy owes more to languages such as Object Constraint Language. Alloy is targeted at the creation of micro-models that can then be automatically checked for correctness. Alloy specifications can be checked using the Alloy Analyzer.
    • developer: Daniel Jackson
  3. Alloy is a Hierarchical-Model-View-Controller web application framework for producing web applications with PHP 5.3 and above.

Phrases with Alloy

Phrases starting with the word Alloy:

  1. alloy iron
  2. alloy steel
  3. Alloy wheel
  4. alloy cast iron

Phrases ending with the word Alloy:

  1. nickel alloy
  2. wood's alloy
  3. Ternary Alloy
  4. Eutectic Alloy
  5. Titanium alloy
  6. Magnesium alloy
  7. pyrophoric alloy
  8. copper-base alloy
  9. nickel-base alloy
  10. Shape memory alloy
  11. Skin Forming Alloy

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alloy

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Google previewInnovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems - For Fuel Cells, Heat Pumps and Sorption Systems (2011)

alloy is the most appropriate material because of its high- permeability to hydrogen and durability at temperatures higher than 300 °C [2].

Google previewSemiconductors and Semimetals (1992)

The structural energy needed for calculating the elastic constants of a disordered alloy is an ensemble average of the total energy over the distribution of the alloying atoms under strains. It has been demonstrated (Ferreira et al., 1989) that the ...

Google previewInternational Conference on Mechanics and Materials Engineering (ICMME 2014) (2014)

Aluminum is the inner material and aluminum-magnesium alloy is the load bearing material. In this paper, fatigue test and elastic-plastic analysis for above laminated plate specimens were taken to further study the material mechanical ...

Google previewTools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems (2002)

8th International Conference, TACAS 2002, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2002, Grenoble, France, April 8-12, 2002. Proceedings by Joost-Pieter Katoen, Perdita Stevens

Alloy is a lightweight language for software modelling. It's designed to be flexible and expressive, and yet amenable to fully automatic simulation and checking. At its core, Alloy is a simple first order logic extended with relational operators.

Google previewIstc/cstic 2009 (cistc) (2009)

by David Huang

alloy is the most widely used phase change material for PCM application. Recently, a confined structure is thought to reduce the reset current and thermal cross talk with a simple integration process comparing with the ...

Google previewExistence and Regularity Properties of the Integrated Density of States of Random Schrödinger Operators (2008)

by Ivan Veselic

k∈Zd is called alloy type potential. The function u is called single site potential. Let H0 := −∆+V per be a periodic Schr ̈odinger operator ...

Google previewArgon (2008)

by Kristi Lew

An alloy is a mixture of two or more elements. At least one of the elements in an alloy is a metal, and alloys are usually made to improve the properties of the metal. Steel can be made by mixing iron with carbon. Other elements, such as ...

Google previewSurgery of the Hip (2012)

by Daniel J. Berry, Jay Lieberman

alloy is a two-phase alloy containing an aluminum-rich HCP ...

Google previewSMST-2000 (2001)

Proceedings of the International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies by Scott M. Russell

NiTi shape memory alloy is a potential material for orthopedic surgery. Because of the high nickel content of NiTi, it is possible that nickel may dissolve from the material due to corrosion and cause unfavorable effects. The purpose of this work ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

as on film overexpose allow to rest briefly repose, spell allow water to run off drain alloy adulterate, amalgam(ate), blend, brew, coalesce, combination, combine, composite, composition, compound, concoction, conglomerate, cross, debase, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources (2013)

by Jürgen Garche, Chris K. Dyer, Patrick T. Moseley, Zempachi Ogumi, David A. J. Rand, Bruno Scrosati

Figure 4 Thin-film alloy membrane on porous metallic substrate. exhibit similar thermal expansion behavior. Therefore, palladium membranes are usually deposited on metallic supports such as stainless steel and inconel. The use of metallic ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Condensed Matter Physics (2004)

by Charles P. Poole, Jr.

ALLOY DECOMPOSITION ALLOY DECOMPOSITION A rst-order phase transition involving the separation of an excess doping element in the form of a new phase, or the separation of a pure component from a supersaturated solid solution ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Industrial Technology (2012)

Materials, Processes and Equipment by David F. Tver

alloy steels, cold work • 9 is made to mix them. Thus, molten lead and molten zinc will not dissolve in each other completely [unless the temperature is in excess of 1468°F (798°C)]. Instead a layer of molten zinc (containing some dissolved ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Second Edition (2002)

by Mel Schwartz

white alloys used for machinery bearings, the term now applies to almost any white bearing alloy with either tin or lead (Pb) base. The alloy consists of 88.9% tin, 7.4 % ...

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Scrabble value of A1L1L1O1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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