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[turn] /tɜrn/
noun Unabridged
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  • terne plated filters do not qualify for the aforementioned exemption.
  • The department does not require oil generators to distinguish between terne-plated and non terne-plated oil filters.
  • New standing-seam terne-plate metal roofing to be installed to match original configuration.
  • Any gutter liners made of tin, galvanized iron, or terne metal should be kept painted.
British Dictionary definitions for terne


Also called terne metal. an alloy of lead containing tin (10–20 per cent) and antimony (1.5–2 per cent)
Also called terne plate. steel plate coated with this alloy
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from French terne dull, from Old French ternir to tarnish
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