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1. A mixture of a metal with smaller quantities of other metals, or even nonmetals, to make it harder, to survive high temperatures, or to improve it in other ways.

Alloy wheels on vehicles use strong, lightweight alloys, that are based on aluminum.

2. Any of various materials having metallic properties and composed of two or more closely mixed chemical elements, of which at least one is a metal; for example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

Alloys are produced to obtain some desirable quality; such as, greater hardness, strength, lightness, or durability.

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alloy (s) (noun), alloys (pl)
A substance which has metallic properties, and that consists of two or more elements; usually, at least one of which is a metal.
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alloy, alloys
Alloys have been known since virtually the beginning of recorded history; a prehistoric age, in fact, is known as the Bronze Age, indicating the advent of human's ability to smelt bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.

Other well-known alloys include brass, an alloy of copper and zinc; and steel, an alloy of iron and carbon.

Alloys have been created by mixing metals with semi-metals like arsenic and antimony and with nonmetals like carbon and silicon.

Most alloys are developed for a specific physical characteristic; such as, malleability or strength.

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Word Entries at Word Info: “alloy
allay; alley, alleys; alloy; ally; ally
allay (uh LAY) (verb)
1. To make something less severe or strong: The managers of the store tried to allay fears that some of the workers would lose their jobs.
2. To rest, to relieve: Medicine will allay a person's pain.
alley, alleys (AL ee) (noun)
1. A passageway, a narrow thoroughfare, narrow backstreet: There was a busy street in front of the house and an alley behind it.
2. Narrow passage: This alley leads nowhere.

Alley follows the simple rule of adding an “s” to become a plural; alley, alleys: Cats prowled the alleys of the town.

alloy (AL oi", uh LOI) (noun)
A metal made by melting and mixing two or more metals or a metal and another material mixed together: Part of the freezer was made of aluminum alloy.
ally (uh LIGH; AL igh) (noun)
Associate, partner, friend; collaborator: The United States was an ally of Great Britain in two world wars.

Don't confuse "alleys" with allies, the plural of ally: France was just one of the allies of the United States during the war.

ally (uh LIGH; AL igh) (verb)
To join with, band together: Many of the townspeople planned to ally themselves as a group in an effort to lower their taxes.

With money you can buy all the allies you want, but they are never worth the price.


It seemed to allay Fred's fears when he realized that the foundry that used a new alloy was just two alleys away from him; so he found himself an ally and they went there together.

1. A substance that is a mixture of two or more metals, or of a metal with a nonmetallic material.
2. Something that detracts from the value or quality of the thing it is added to or mixed with.
3. Any mixture, amalgam, or compound of different materials.
4. Etymology: from Anglo-French alai, from Old French aleier, "mix with a baser metal", from Latin alligare; a compound of ad-, "to" + ligare, "to bind".
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pyrophoric alloy
1. An alloy such as ferrocerium that produces a spark when struck with metal (steel) at an angle; used for automatic cigarette lighters.
2. An alloy in powder form that spontaneously oxidizes in air, reaching high temperatures.
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rare-earth alloy
Any metal alloy containing appreciable amounts of one or more rare-earth elements; for example, mischmetal.

Mischmetal is an alloy consisting of a crude mixture of cerium, lanthanum, and other rare-earth metals obtained by electrolysis of the mixed chlorides of the metals dissolved in fused sodium chloride.

They are used in making aluminum alloys, in some steels and irons, and in coating the cathodes of glow-type voltage regulator tubes.

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