Definitions

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

  • n. Platinum, especially as found naturally in impure form.

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  • n. platinum

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Platinum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as platinum: the older name.
  • n. Twisted silver wire.
  • n. An iron plate for glazing stuff.
  • n.

Etymologies

Spanish, diminutive of plata, silver, plate, from Vulgar Latin *plattus; see plate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The platina is shorter than the zincs, to prevent its reaching the quicksilver in the bottom of the cell; and the wax balls on its sides are to insulate it from the zinc plates.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • In a letter to Mr. Hopkinson, I mentioned to him that the Abbe Rochon, who discovered the double refracting power in some of the natural crystals, had lately made a telescope with the metal called platina, which, while it is as susceptible of as perfect a polish as the metal heretofore used for the specula of telescopes, is insusceptible of rust, as gold and silver are.

    Memoir Correspondence And Miscellanies

  • You have heard often of the metal called platina, to be found only in South America.

    Memoir Correspondence And Miscellanies

  • You have heard often of the metal called platina, to be found only in

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1

  • Abbe Rochon, who discovered the double refracting power in some of the natural crystals, had lately made a telescope with the metal called platina, which, while it is as susceptible of as perfect a polish as the metal heretofore used for the specula of telescopes, is insusceptible of rust, as gold and silver are.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1

  • An Abbé Rochon has applied the metal called platina to the telescope instead of the mixed metal of which the specula were formerly composed.

    Letters

  • Branco is so called because the gold found there was mixed with platina.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Considerable works are necessary — a special set of tools, an apparatus of platina, leaden chambers, unassailable by the acid, and in which the transformation is performed, etc. The engineer had none of these at his disposal, but he knew that, in

    The Mysterious Island

  • Marble quarries, mines of salt, platina, gold, and coal are worked here on a large scale.

    Michael Strogoff

  • Here, indeed, were few cultivated fields; the soil was poor, at least at the surface, but in its bowels lay hid quantities of iron, copper, platina, and gold.

    Michael Strogoff

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  • "'Pratt... caused your chests to be repacked in large cases marked Double-Refined Platina and removed to a lead, brass, and copper warehouse on the river, by Irongate Stairs...'"
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 127

    March 17, 2008