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

  • n. An alloy of aluminum that contains copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, and silicon and is resistant to corrosion by acids and sea water.

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  • n. an alloy of over 90% aluminium, 4% copper and traces of manganese, magnesium, iron and silicon, widely used in the aircraft industry

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  • n. an aluminum-based alloy


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  • The framework was made of a new alloy called 'duralumin', nearly as strong in tension as mild steel and not much heavier than aluminium.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 The Part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force

  • different colors and finishes and is made of "duralumin," which certainly sounds rugged.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The perch poles used in Totem are made of duralumin an alloy used in aeronautics.

    George Heymont: Totem -- An Artistic Triumph for Cirque du Soleil

  • The plane†™ s all-metal construction, using the new aluminum allow known as duralumin, provided the strength and structural integrity to lift a remarkable payload of fuel, passengers, and cargo.www.

    Sikorsky S-42 | My[confined]Space

  • Bars of duralumin and steel were fed into the machinery, which formed a hard, metal skeleton identical to the one measured by the Monitor.


  • The girl had once broken her right arm, and the calcified break was mirrored in the new duralumin humerus.


  • Her relatives imagined her as being composed of equal parts goose down, syrup, and duralumin rebars.


  • The ranchers used small flat-bottomed duralumin skiffs in which to collect their day's harvest.

    The Past Through Tomorrow

  • The wings had been torn from the fuselage here and had taken fire from the fuel in the tanks; what was left of the aircraft had spread itself all over the field in scraps of torn duralumin sheet.

    The Breaking Wave

  • While Hosein made out the flight plan and went through the formalities in the Control office, Gujar and I helped the old Sheikh up the duralumin ladder into the cabin of the Tramp, and saw his retinue install him comfortably on the divan bed.


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  • "The duralumin struts and catwalks rambled on above him for miles."
    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, p 23 of the Avon Books paperback edition

    January 21, 2013