german silver
Nickel Nick"el, n. [G., fr. Sw. nickel, abbrev. from Sw. kopparnickel copper-nickel, a name given in derision, as it was thought to be a base ore of copper. The origin of the second part of the word is uncertain. Cf. {Kupfer-nickel}, {Copper-nickel}.] 1. (Chem.) A bright silver-white metallic element of atomic number 28. It is of the iron group, and is hard, malleable, and ductile. It occurs combined with sulphur in millerite, with arsenic in the mineral niccolite, and with arsenic and sulphur in nickel glance. Symbol Ni. Atomic weight 58.70. [1913 Webster]

Note: On account of its permanence in air and inertness to oxidation, it is used in the smaller coins, for plating iron, brass, etc., for chemical apparatus, and in certain alloys, as german silver. It is magnetic, and is very frequently accompanied by cobalt, both being found in meteoric iron. [1913 Webster]

2. A small coin made of or containing nickel; esp., a five-cent piece. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{Nickel silver}, an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc; -- usually called {german silver}; called also {argentan}. [1913 Webster]

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  • German silver — Silver Sil ver (s[i^]l v[ e]r), n. [OE. silver, selver, seolver, AS. seolfor, siolfur, siolufr, silofr, sylofr; akin to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG. silabar, silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan. s[ o]lv,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • German silver — German Ger man, a. [L. Germanus. See {German}, n.] Of or pertaining to Germany. [1913 Webster] {German Baptists}. See {Dunker}. {German bit}, a wood boring tool, having a long elliptical pod and a scew point. {German carp} (Zo[ o]l.), the crucian …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • German silver — n. NICKEL SILVER …   English World dictionary

  • German silver — (engl., spr. dschörmen ßilwer), soviel wie Neusilber …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • German silver — German silver, s.v.w. Neusilber (s.d.) …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • German silver — (engl., spr. dschörmĕn), Neusilber …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • German silver — UK US noun [U] NATURAL RESOURCES ► CUPRONICKEL(Cf. ↑cupronickel) …   Financial and business terms

  • German silver — melchioras statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Cu lydinys, turintis 5–33% Ni, German silver 1% Fe, German silver 1% Mn. atitikmenys: angl. cupronickel; German silver; nickel silver rus. мельхиор …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • German silver — noun a silver white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel • Syn: ↑nickel silver • Hypernyms: ↑alloy, ↑metal …   Useful english dictionary

  • German silver — noun Date: 1830 a silver white alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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