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white metal

any of various light-colored alloys, as Babbitt metal or Britannia metal.
Origin of white metal
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a soft, bluish-white metal which is easily cut with a knife.
  • Pure vanadium is a bright white metal, and is soft and ductile.
  • The element is thorium, a silvery-white metal that is slightly radioactive.
  • When pure, thorium is a silvery-white metal which is air-stable and retains its luster for several months.
  • Uranium is a heavy, silvery-white metal which is pyrophoric when finely divided.
British Dictionary definitions for white metal

white metal

any of various alloys, such as Babbitt metal, used for bearings Also called antifriction metal
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