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[sher-er-dahyz] /ˈʃɛr ərˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), sherardized, sherardizing. Metallurgy
to coat (steel) with a thin cladding of zinc by heating in a mixture of sand and powdered zinc.
Also, especially British, sherardise.
1900-05; after Sherard Cowper Coles (died 1936), English inventor; see -ize Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sherardizing


(metallurgy) to coat (iron or steel) with zinc by heating in a container with zinc dust or (of iron or steel) to be coated in this way
Derived Forms
sherardization, sherardisation, noun
Word Origin
C20: process named after Sherard Cowper-Coles (died 1936), English inventor
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Encyclopedia Article for sherardizing

means of forming a uniform, corrosion-resistant coating of zinc on the surface of iron or steel objects. The process, practiced since about 1900, is named for its English inventor Sherard O. Cowper-Coles. The object is heated in a sealed container with finely divided zinc to a temperature below the point at which zinc melts. The two metals amalgamate, forming alloys of zinc and iron and an external layer of pure zinc in an adherent coating that resists corrosion and also makes an excellent base for paint. Compare galvanizing.

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