from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Zinc, especially in the form of ingots, slabs, or plates.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Zinc: now used only in commerce.
  • To solder with spelter solder, or hard solder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Metal.) Zinc; -- especially so called in commerce and arts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Zinc, often in blocks or ingot form.
  • noun uncountable, countable Zinc alloyed with another metal (especially copper), used as a solder.
  • noun countable An objet d'art made from zinc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun impure zinc containing about three percent lead and other impurities (especially in the form of ingots)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably of Dutch or Low German origin.]


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  • The major part of the zinc concentrates necessary for the making of spelter is mined in Australia, and these mines, before the war, were owned by a wonderful combination of German metal companies through direct ownership or under long contracts, and 80% of all the zinc concentrates went directly to Germany while Britain got 3%.

    The Finance of the War 1918

  • "This is what is called spelter, or the pig of zinc, and this is what is sold to refiners, who take out all the dross or impurities so it can be rolled or used for galvanizing iron, or for other purposes."

    The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island Roger Thompson Finlay

  • Zinc (pronounced/ˈzɪŋk/, from German Zink), also known as spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. 2009

  • The second is "spelter," or soft fusible brass, and the third is an alloy of silver and brass called silver solder.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall

  • -- The alloy used for this purpose is termed "spelter," and brass, zinc and tin are its usual components.

    Practical Mechanics for Boys J. S. Zerbe

  • About two hundred and fifty million pounds of crude zinc, or "spelter," are produced in the United States; forty-five million pounds were exported in 1900, mainly to Great Britain.

    Commercial Geography A Book for High Schools, Commercial Courses, and Business Colleges 1895

  • The metal is known in commerce as "spelter" when in ingots, and as sheet zinc when rolled.

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. Cornelius Beringer 1886

  • "spelter," which is really only finely granulated fusible brass, is used for brazing iron joints.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall

  • Mulcahy approached the makeshift altar, its linen crisp, white, and bare apart from the candle sconces and a small plain wooden cross with a grey spelter figure of Christ attached to it with jagged-looking pins.

    The Priest Gerard O’Donovan 2011

  • For sentimental reasons I had brought with me the spelter lancer that Bella had drawn on that memorable day.

    The Vesuvius Club Mark Gatiss 2004


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