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

  • transitive v. To treat or coat (a metal) in order to reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface.
  • transitive v. To coat (a semiconductor, for example) with an oxide layer to protect against contamination and increase electrical stability.

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  • v. to reduce the chemical reactivity of a surface by applying a coating


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  • Once the bare metal, pre-production Mulsanne bodyshell arrives at the paint shop via the automated overhead gantry, it passes through a series of full-immersion tanks, designed first to de-grease, then in turn to clean, condition, rinse, phosphate and passivate the steel and aluminium structure.


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