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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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  • He knows it is only base metal, washed over with a thin varnish of learning.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Her talisman was of base metal, the one cheap thing she wore, yet real.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • In a few days he brought back six coins, which he insisted were of base metal.

  • If the quartz be clean, and the gold unmixed with base metal, the difficulty is small.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • You ring a choice few of these on the counter and prove them base metal.

    Adventures in Criticism Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A pair of scales for weighing ore and buttons of base metal.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • Well, all his metal melted, and ran away, and he saw it had been nothing but a base metal after all.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • He knows what is bad, and with him base metal is never offered us for gold.

  • To speak honestly, the savant is a complex of very various impulses and attractive forces—he is a base metal throughout.

    Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It is base metal from the devil's mint, and is worthless in God's sight.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
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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