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base metal

noun
1.
any metal other than a precious or noble metal, as copper, lead, zinc, or tin.
2.
the principal metal of an alloy.
3.
the principal metal of a piece underlying a coating of another metal; core.
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Examples for base metal
  • They are to be demonetized as a base metal, and you know it.
  • Load-induced fatigue must be considered in the base metal at a welded connection.
  • base metal microstructure in unfailed leg of the elbow.
  • The merchandise under consideration is several types of base metal picture hangers.
  • Joints shall be welded so as to minimize stress due to shrinking of the weld metal and adjacent base metal upon cooling.
British Dictionary definitions for base metal

base metal

noun
1.
any of certain common metals such as copper, lead, zinc, and tin, as distinct from the precious metals, gold, silver, and platinum
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