American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Zinc, especially in the form of ingots, slabs, or plates.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Zinc: now used only in commerce.
- To solder with spelter solder, or hard solder.
- n. uncountable Zinc, often in blocks or ingot form.
- n. uncountable, countable Zinc alloyed with another metal (especially copper), used as a solder.
- n. countable An objet d'art made from zinc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Metal.) Zinc; -- especially so called in commerce and arts.
- n. impure zinc containing about three percent lead and other impurities (especially in the form of ingots)
- Probably of Dutch or Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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%.”
“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.”
“Zinc (pronounced/ˈzɪŋk/, from German Zink), also known as spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30.”
“The second is "spelter," or soft fusible brass, and the third is an alloy of silver and brass called silver solder.”
“-- The alloy used for this purpose is termed "spelter," and brass, zinc and tin are its usual components.”
“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.”
“The metal is known in commerce as "spelter" when in ingots, and as sheet zinc when rolled.”
“spelter," which is really only finely granulated fusible brass, is used for brazing iron joints.”
“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.”
“For sentimental reasons I had brought with me the spelter lancer that Bella had drawn on that memorable day.”
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