American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several soft, silvery antifriction alloys composed of tin usually with small amounts of copper and antimony.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See metal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A soft white alloy of variable composition (as a nine parts of tin to one of copper, or of fifty parts of tin to five of antimony and one of copper) used in bearings to diminish friction.
- n. an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
- After Isaac Babbitt (1799-1862), American inventor who patented such an alloy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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