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German silver

any of various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, usually white and used for utensils, drawing instruments, etc.; nickel silver.
Origin of German silver
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The beggars were a kind of german-silver aristocracy; not real plate, to be sure, but better than nothing.

  • Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.

  • german-silver wire has a much greater resistance than copper wire of the same size and length.

    How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • The inkpot was set in a mother-of-pearl boat drawn by a german-silver goose supporting a penholder.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • For ten dollars, they give you a german-silver star, and teach the Japanese method of pulling, by correspondence.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • german-silver palettes are used for skinning the deposited fecula, and shovels of the same metal for packing the dried fecula.

  • The surface was that day excellent for sledges with german-silver runners; wooden runners, on the other hand, went rather heavily.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • In that case you can use a few feet of 30 german-silver wire and make connections to it with a suspender clip.

  • He was never without an immense, knotted, hard-wood cane with a german-silver tip on its crooked handle.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • But nobody would understand nowadays what you meant by german-silver; it's perfectly gone out.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for german-silver

German silver

another name for nickel silver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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