|1.||a. any hard water-resistant alloy consisting of copper and smaller proportions of tin and sometimes zinc and lead|
|b. phosphor bronze See also gunmetal Compare brass any similar copper alloy containing other elements in place of tin, such as aluminium bronze, beryllium bronze, etc|
|2.||a yellowish-brown colour or pigment|
|3.||a statue, medal, or other object made of bronze|
|4.||short for bronze medal|
|5.||made of or resembling bronze|
|6.||of a yellowish-brown colour: a bronze skin|
|7.||(esp of the skin) to make or become brown; tan|
|8.||(tr) to give the appearance of bronze to|
|[C18: from French, from Italian bronzo, perhaps ultimately from Latin Brundisium Brindisi, famed for its bronze]|
|bronze (brŏnz) Pronunciation Key
coating an object of wood, plaster, clay, or other substance to give it the colour and lustre of bronze. Dutch metal, an alloy of 80 percent copper and 20 percent zinc, is frequently used for bronzing. The metal is prepared as a thin foil and then powdered. This powder may be applied directly to objects that have been sized with a spirit lacquer or gold size, or the powder may be combined with spirit lacquer thinned with amyl acetate and the mixture painted on with a brush. Various shades of colour may be obtained chemically; the natural golden colour of Dutch metal can be heightened by applying spirit lacquer coloured with dragon's blood, a resin obtained from plants.
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