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[al-yuh-min-ee-uh m] /ˌæl yəˈmɪn i əm/
noun, adjective, Chiefly British
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  • aluminium has a reputation for not rusting but it does oxidise on the surface.
  • aluminium has rightly been called metallic electricity.
  • aluminium plays an important part in the action of many vaccines.
  • When aluminium pans became popular, stewing rhubarb was discovered to have another bonus: it cleaned the pans beautifully.
  • So the only sensible material for reducing a conventional car's weight while maintaining its strength is aluminium.
  • One thing that does ground old aircraft is the impending failure of their aluminium structure from metal fatigue.
  • aluminium and copper still comprise more than three-quarters of the metals index.
  • Finally, the replica part made of plastic was used to make a mould for casting the finished component in aluminium.
  • He ignored distinctions of race or caste, and was happy to eat rice from an aluminium plate in the house of an untouchable.
  • For materials such as aluminium, the case is overwhelming.
British Dictionary definitions for aluminium


a light malleable ductile silvery-white metallic element that resists corrosion; the third most abundant element in the earth's crust (8.1 per cent), occurring only as a compound, principally in bauxite. It is used, esp in the form of its alloys, in aircraft parts, kitchen utensils, etc. Symbol: Al; atomic no: 13; atomic wt: 26.9815; valency: 3; relative density: 2.699; melting pt: 660.45°C; boiling pt: 2520°C
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Word Origin and History for aluminium

see aluminum.

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