American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous silver-gray alloys of tin with various amounts of antimony, copper, and sometimes lead, used widely for fine kitchen utensils and tableware.
- n. Pewter articles considered as a group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alloy of four parts of tin with one of lead. Its tenacity and fusibility are greater than those of either of the metals of which it is composed. It is used chiefly for beer-pots and cheap tableware. If a larger proportion of lead is used, the alloy is liable to corrosion, and dangerous consequences may result from its use. Sometimes alloys consisting chiefly of tin, and also containing antimony or copper, or both, are called
pewteras well as ‘Britannia metal,” which latter is the more usual name, although no sharp line can be drawn between the two alloys.
- n. A vessel made of pewter; a tankard; a beerpot.
- n. Collectively, vessels made of pewter.
- n. Money; prize-money.
- n. A material made of calcined tin, used in polishing marble.
- n. An alloy of approximately 93–98% tin, 1–2% copper, and the balance of antimony.
- n. historical An alloy of tin and lead.
- n. items made of pewter.
- n. A dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal.
- adj. Of a dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hard, tough, but easily fusible, alloy, originally consisting of tin with a little lead, but afterwards modified by the addition of copper, antimony, or bismuth.
- n. Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.
- n. any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
- Middle English pewtre, from Old French peutre, from Vulgar Latin *peltrum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Reaper does everything on site, from sculpting the minis, to casting them in pewter, to sorting, packaging, and shipping out internet orders.”
“That has to be very cool to see your literary creations made corporeal in pewter (and then hand painted!).”
“Different from true pewter, Mexican pewter is primarily aluminum.”
Shining Mexican pewter displayed on the walls is enticing. Different from true pewter, Mexican pewter is primarily aluminum. It is poured into molds that are hand-sculpted in sand, resulting in intriguing textures. © Julia Taylor, 2008
“Dunn spent his first five seasons in pewter before a six-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons.”
“I have a guess what of truth there may be in that; and you the fair Alchemist, are you not all the richer and better that you know the essential gold, and will not have it called pewter or spelter, though in the shops it is only such?”
“Alchemist, are you not all the richer and better that you know the _essential_ gold, and will not have it called pewter or spelter, though in the shops it is only such?”
“During the late troubles, the treasures of the state, and even the furniture of the palace, had been alienated or embezzled; the royal banquet was served in pewter or earthenware; and such was the proud poverty of the times, that the absence of gold and jewels was supplied by the paltry artifices of glass and gilt-leather.”
“But it is unseemly to see such a Grand Potentate in such a state of decay: the son of Bajazet Ilderim insolvent; the descendants of the Prophet bullied by Calmucs and English and whipper-snapper Frenchmen; the Fountain of Magnificence done up, and obliged to coin pewter!”
“The tin alloy called pewter, which used to contain some lead and now is made with 7% antimony and 2% copper, is not much used today.”
“Pewter is a metal never seen for modern table furnishing, or domestic use in any form to-day; but in colonial times what was called a garnish of pewter, that is, a full set of pewter platters, plates, and dishes, was the pride of every good housekeeper, and also a favorite wedding gift.”
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