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

  • n. Any of several soft, silvery antifriction alloys composed of tin usually with small amounts of copper and antimony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See metal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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