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Alloy


ALLOY', verb transitive [Latin alligo, ad and ligo, to bind. Gr.]

1. To reduce the purity of a metal, by mixing with it a portion of one less valuable; as, to alloy gold with silver, or silver with copper.

2. To mix metals.

3. To reduce or abate by mixture; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.

ALLOY', noun

1. A baser metal mixed with a finer.

2. The mixture of different metals; any metallic compound; this is its common signification in chimistry.

3. Evil mixed with good; as, no happiness is without alloy