from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Consisting of two metals, often bonded together and having different rates of thermal expansion.
  • adjective Of, based on, or using the principles of bimetallism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to two metals; specifically, pertaining to the use of a double metallic standard in currency. See bimetallism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective archaic Of or relating to, or using, a double metallic standard (as gold and silver) for a system of coins or currency.
  • adjective Composed of two different metals; formed of two parts, each of a different metal

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to the use of gold and silver to create legal currency
  • adjective More generally, consisting of two metals

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

  • adjective pertaining to a monetary system based on two metals
  • adjective formed of two different metals or alloys; especially in sheets bonded together


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From French bimétallique, from bi-, two + métallique, metallic


  • It does take a while for copper and steel to react with bimetallic corrosion and moisture is required.

    The Tragic Tale of Berthold the Blaser

  • It recognizes the futility of instituting a bimetallic system of currency, when the whole world is in opposition, and considers that such an act would be inimical to the welfare of the country.

    The Principles of the Republican Party: A Rare Unpublished Jack London Essay

  • It does take a while for copper and steel to react with bimetallic corrosion and moisture is required.

    The Tragic Tale of Berthold the Blaser

  • The Qing's monetary system was a bimetallic system of parallel standard in which silver and copper coins circulated. 144 Silver was usually used in large transactions and copper cash served in daily small deals.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • The Tin Woodman is emboldened by a bimetallic tool, a gold ax with a silver blade, and the Scarecrow learns he's intelligent, not stupid.

    "Over the Rainbow"

  • The US was only on a bimetallic “standard” during the 1800s and even then, very little silver was traded.

    Excess Debt and Deflatiion = Depression

  • The most memorable work of literature to come from the debate over gold and silver in the United States was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, by journalist L. Frank Baum, who greatly distrusted the power of the city financiers and who supported a bimetallic dollar based on both gold and silver.


  • In the process, the farmer Scarecrow found out how intelligent he was, the lion found his courage, and the working Tin Man received a new source of strength in a bimetallic tool -- a golden ax with a blade of silver -- and he would never rust again as long as he had his silver oil can encrusted with gold and jewels.


  • Sometimes platinum is combined with a second catalyst (bimetallic catalyst) such as rhenium or another noble metal.


  • A minor one concerns your references to the history of bimetallic and gold standards.

    Excess Debt and Deflatiion = Depression


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