alloy

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From Anglo-Norman alai, from Old French aloi, from aloiier.

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alloy (plural alloys)

  1. A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.
  2. An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.20:
      Metrodorus said that in sadnesse there is some aloy of pleasure.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French aloiier (assemble, join), from Latin alligare (bind to, tie to), compound of ad (to) + ligare (to bind).

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alloy (third-person singular simple present alloys, present participle alloying, simple past and past participle alloyed)

  1. To mix or combine; often used of metals.
  2. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance.
    to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper
  3. (figuratively) To impair or debase by mixture.
    to alloy pleasure with misfortunes
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