Prince's metal
Prince Prince, n. [F., from L. princeps, -cipis, the first, chief; primus first + capere to take. See {Prime}, a., and {Capacious}.] 1. The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; -- originally applied to either sex, but now rarely applied to a female. --Wyclif (Rev. i. 5). [1913 Webster]

Go, Michael, of celestial armies prince. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Queen Elizabeth, a prince admirable above her sex. --Camden. [1913 Webster]

2. The son of a king or emperor, or the issue of a royal family; as, princes of the blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A title belonging to persons of high rank, differing in different countries. In England it belongs to dukes, marquises, and earls, but is given to members of the royal family only. In Italy a prince is inferior to a duke as a member of a particular order of nobility; in Spain he is always one of the royal family. [1913 Webster]

4. The chief of any body of men; one at the head of a class or profession; one who is pre["e]minent; as, a merchant prince; a prince of players. ``The prince of learning.'' --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

{Prince-Albert coat}, a long double-breasted frock coat for men.

{Prince of the blood}, {Prince consort}, {Prince of darkness}. See under {Blood}, {Consort}, and {Darkness}.

{Prince of Wales}, the oldest son of the English sovereign.

{Prince's feather} (Bot.), a name given to two annual herbs ({Amarantus caudatus} and {Polygonum orientale}), with apetalous reddish flowers arranged in long recurved panicled spikes.

{Prince's metal}, {Prince Rupert's metal}. See under {Metal}.

{Prince's pine}. (Bot.) See {Pipsissewa}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Prince's metal — Metal Met al (? or ?; 277), n. [F. m[ e]tal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. ? mine; cf. Gr. ? to search after. Cf. {Mettle}, {Medal}.] 1. (Chem.) An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prince's metal — or Prince Rupert s metal is a type of alpha brass containing 75% copper and 25% zinc. Due to its beautiful yellow color, it is used as an imitation of gold.The alloy was named in honour of Prince Rupert of the Rhine.ee also*Pinchbeck… …   Wikipedia

  • prince's metal — noun Usage: usually capitalized P Etymology: after Prince Rupert of Germany died 1682, its inventor : an alloy of the appearance of brass believed to be made of copper and zinc or copper and bismuth and formerly used for cheap jewelry called also …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prince Rupert's metal — Prince Prince, n. [F., from L. princeps, cipis, the first, chief; primus first + capere to take. See {Prime}, a., and {Capacious}.] 1. The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; originally… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prince's feather — Prince Prince, n. [F., from L. princeps, cipis, the first, chief; primus first + capere to take. See {Prime}, a., and {Capacious}.] 1. The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; originally… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prince's pine — Prince Prince, n. [F., from L. princeps, cipis, the first, chief; primus first + capere to take. See {Prime}, a., and {Capacious}.] 1. The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; originally… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prince Rupert's metal — Metal Met al (? or ?; 277), n. [F. m[ e]tal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. ? mine; cf. Gr. ? to search after. Cf. {Mettle}, {Medal}.] 1. (Chem.) An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prince Ru|pert's metal — «ROO purts», = Prince s metal. (Cf. ↑Prince s metal) ╂[< Prince Rupert, 1619 1682, British soldier and inventor, grandson of James I of England] …   Useful english dictionary

  • prince rupert's metal — ˈrüpə(r)ts noun Usage: usually capitalized P&R Etymology: after Prince Rupert died 1682, its inventor : prince s metal * * * a brass composed of from about 60 to 85 percent copper and about 15 to 40 percent zinc, used to imitate gold. Also called …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prince Rupert's metal — noun see prince s metal * * * a brass composed of from about 60 to 85 percent copper and about 15 to 40 percent zinc, used to imitate gold. Also called Prince s metal. [1690 1700] …   Useful english dictionary

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