zinc

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English[edit]

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Chemical element
Zn
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Zinc cube, fragment and dendrite.

Etymology[edit]

From German Zink, related to Zinke (point, prong), from Middle High German zinke, from Old High German zinko (prong, tine), allied to zint (a jag, point), from Proto-Germanic *tindaz (prong, pinnacle), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont- (tooth, projection). Cognate with Old English tind (tine, prong), Middle Low German tinde, Icelandic tindur (spike, tooth of a rake or harrow, pinnacle, peak, battlement). See also Dutch tinne (battlement), German Zinne (pinnacle, battlement), Danish tinde (pinnacle, battlement), Swedish tinne (tooth of a rake), More at tine.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) enPR: zingk, IPA(key): /zɪŋk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Noun[edit]

zinc (countable and uncountable, plural zincs)

  1. A chemical element (symbol Zn) with an atomic number of 30, a slightly brittle blue-silvery metal.
  2. (countable) A single atom of this element.
  3. (Britain, dated, colloquial) A zinc countertop.
    • 1904, The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art
      Then, three workmen throwing dice for drinks. And their heads come sharply together as they count the scores. And so violently do they throw the dice that they shoot off "the zinc" on to the floor.
    • 2010, Chris Ackerley, Demented Particulars (page 44)
      Even if there were a Chef and Brewer near Marble Arch, the name suggests a pint and pie, not a prawn and tomato sandwich and “a dock glass of white port off the zinc”; i.e., a small glass of a fine aperitif, at the counter []

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element

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Verb[edit]

zinc (third-person singular simple present zincs, present participle zincing or zinking or zincking, simple past and past participle zinced or zinked or zincked)

  1. (rare) To electroplate with zinc.
  2. (rare) To coat with sunblock incorporating zinc oxide.

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Catalan[edit]

Chemical element
Zn
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zinc m (uncountable)

  1. zinc

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French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From German Zink.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zɛ̃ɡ/, (spelling pronunciation) /zɛ̃k/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

zinc m (plural zincs)

  1. (metallurgy, chemistry) zinc
  2. (informal) counter (in a bar, café, etc), bar
    • 1980, “Où c’est qu’j’ai mis mon flingue?”, in Marche à l’ombre, performed by Renaud:
      Moi, mon av'nir est sur le zinc / D'un bistrot des plus cradingues
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  3. (informal) small plane

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Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of zincou, verlan form of cousin (cousin)

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zinc m (plural zincs)

  1. (back slang, verlan) dude, man

Occitan[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zinc m (uncountable)

  1. zinc

Romanian[edit]

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Chemical element
Zn
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Next: galiu (Ga)

Etymology[edit]

From French zinc, from German Zink.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

zinc n (uncountable)

  1. zinc (metal)

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

zinc m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative spelling of cinc