Bell metal
Bell metal Bell" met`al A hard alloy or bronze, consisting usually of about three parts of copper to one of tin; -- used for making bells. [1913 Webster]

{Bell metal ore}, a sulphide of tin, copper, and iron; the mineral stannite. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bell metal — is a hard alloy used for making bells. It is a form of bronze, usually approximately 3:1 ratio of copper to tin (78% copper, 22% tin). In the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, it is locally called kansa and is used for the manufacture of… …   Wikipedia

  • bell-metal — bellˈ metal noun The metal of which bells are made, an alloy of copper and tin • • • Main Entry: ↑bell …   Useful english dictionary

  • bell metal — n. an alloy of copper and tin used in bells …   English World dictionary

  • bell metal — noun bronze with 3 or 4 parts copper to 1 part tin; used in making bells • Hypernyms: ↑bronze * * * noun : bronze that consists usually of three to four parts of copper to one of tin and is used for making bells * * * an alloy of about 80 percent …   Useful english dictionary

  • bell metal — bell′ met al n. mel an alloy of copper and tin used esp. for bells …   From formal English to slang

  • bell metal — noun Date: 1541 bronze that consists usually of three to four parts of copper to one of tin and that is used for making bells …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bell metal — an alloy of about 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, sometimes with small amounts of lead and zinc, having low damping qualities and used esp. for bells. [1535 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • bell metal — noun an alloy of copper and tin for making bells, with a higher tin content than in bronze …   English new terms dictionary

  • bell metal — /ˈbɛl mɛtl/ (say bel metl) noun a hard alloy of copper and tin of low damping capacity, used for bells …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bell metal ore — Bell metal Bell met al A hard alloy or bronze, consisting usually of about three parts of copper to one of tin; used for making bells. [1913 Webster] {Bell metal ore}, a sulphide of tin, copper, and iron; the mineral stannite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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