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[n. al-oi, uh-loi; v. uh-loi] /n. ˈæl ɔɪ, əˈlɔɪ; v. əˈlɔɪ/
a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
a less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one.
standard; quality; fineness.
admixture, as of good with evil.
anything added that serves to reduce quality or purity.
verb (used with object)
to mix (metals or metal with nonmetal) so as to form an alloy.
to reduce in value by an admixture of a less costly metal.
to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.
1590-1600; < Middle French aloi, Old French alei, noun derivative of aleier to combine < Latin alligāre to bind up, equivalent to al- al- + ligāre to bind (see ally, ligament); replacing earlier allay, Middle English < Anglo-French allai
Related forms
unalloyed, adjective
Can be confused
allay, alley, alloy, ally (see synonym study at allay)
4. fusion, blend, composite. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alloyed
  • The steel used in the pipes, however, is usually alloyed with cobalt to make it stronger.
  • The dream they embody is an alloyed dream that destroys whoever tries to get close to it.
  • One such application is the fabrication of mechanically alloyed magnesium alloys into components.
  • It is a soft metal and is usually alloyed to give it more strength.
  • The gold may be alloyed with other elements, and the core may be homogeneous or heterogeneous.
  • However, it can be generated when welding on stainless steel and other metals alloyed with chromium.
  • Of these metals, osmium is generally alloyed with iridium.
  • Polonium can be mixed or alloyed with beryllium to provide a source of neutrons.
  • The on site capability to chemically wet dope oxides and reduce these oxides to produce pre-alloyed tungsten powders.
  • The production of stainless steels and their higher alloyed cousins, heat-resisting grades, is growing slowly.
British Dictionary definitions for alloyed


noun (ˈælɔɪ; əˈlɔɪ)
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
something that impairs the quality or reduces the value of the thing to which it is added
verb (transitive) (əˈlɔɪ)
to add (one metal or element to another metal or element) to obtain a substance with a desired property
to debase (a pure substance) by mixing with an inferior element
to diminish or impair
Word Origin
C16: from Old French aloi a mixture, from aloier to combine, from Latin alligāre, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for alloyed



early 14c. "relative freedom of a noble metal from alloy or other impurities," from Anglo-French alai, Old French aloi, from aloiier (see alloy (v.)). Meaning " base metal alloyed with a noble metal" is from c.1400. Modern spelling from late 17c.


c.1400, "mix with a baser metal," from Old French aloiier "assemble, join," from Latin alligare "bind to, tie to," compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + ligare "to bind" (see ligament); hence "bind one thing to another." Related: Alloyed; alloying.

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alloyed in Medicine

alloy al·loy (āl'oi', ə-loi')
A homogeneous mixture or solid solution of two or more metals, the atoms of one replacing or occupying interstitial positions between the atoms of the other.

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alloyed in Science
A metallic substance made by mixing and fusing two or more metals, or a metal and a nonmetal, to obtain desirable qualities such as hardness, lightness, and strength. Brass, bronze, and steel are all alloys.
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alloyed in Culture
alloy [(al-oy, uh-loy)]

A material made of two or more metals, or of a metal and another material. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. Alloys often have unexpected characteristics. In the examples given above, brass is stronger than either copper or zinc, and steel is stronger than either iron or carbon.

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