from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alloy of copper and lead, formerly used for making faucets and various large vessels employed in the arts.
  • n. Same as pot-metal glass (which see, under glass).
  • n. A kind of cast-iron suitable for making hollow ware.


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  • The shifters are a nightmare when paired with the stamped pot-metal derailleurs , limit screws? huh? and what's the thinking behind disc brakes in front and v-brakes in back?

    BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

  • You're not pot-metal, but you're not battle-steel either, not yet.

    Widows and Orphans

  • Some were merely interesting; odd pebbles, pot-metal charms, tiny faded pottery figurines and three small dolls of the sort called "Frozen Charlottes" because they were all one solid piece.

    The Wizard Of London

  • The worst pieces of pot-metal pounded into the shape of a sword were selling for a silver-yet this strange little man had sold him a blade worth a hundred times that for the price of a round of cheese!

    Fiddler Fair

  • The General was also in full regalia, ceremonial breastplate gleaming over the somber livery of Imperial Army full-dress uniform, his ceremonial helm with its jaunty crest of purple horsehair tucked under his left arm, from which position he could fling the useless piece of pot-metal at a would-be attacker while he pulled his not-so-ceremonial sword with his right hand.

    Storm Breaking

  • "The old pot-metal Cuss himself has come for us!" cried Uncle Walter.

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm

  • Well, I've tested those fellows at Washington, and they are brass: they're pot-metal, sir!

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the use of paints and enamels became so excessive as to almost do away with pot-metal.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • At this early date in the Far East coloured windows were made by arranging small gem - like pieces of pot-metal in perforated wooden or stone panels.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Then he goes through a pantomime which to the sufficiently intelligent spectator reveals that he has acquired large sums of money by trading pot-metal hatchets and razors to the Indians of the Cordillera Mountains for gold dust.

    Cabbages and Kings


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