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- n. Babbitt metal.
- v. To line with Babbitt metal to reduce friction.
- n. A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle-class ideals
Named for American inventor Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862) (Wiktionary)
Named after the title character in Sinclair Lewis' 1922 novel, Babbit. Also popularised by the George and Ira Gershwin song "The Babbitt and the Bromide," featured first in the 1927 musical "Funny Face" and later in the film Ziegfeld Follies (1945). (Wiktionary)