Definition of babbitt metal in English:

babbitt metal


mass noun
  • A soft alloy of tin, antimony, copper, and usually lead, used to line bearings.

    • ‘There he made the first brass cannon in the United States, and in 1839 he produced the first babbitt metal, for use in steam engines.’
    • ‘To complete this operation, it is necessary to remove the block of babbitt metal from the back of the knife.’
    • ‘Of the methods performed, only the tin-bath method consistently produced a bond stronger than the babbitt metal itself.’
    • ‘The Carbonite Babbitt Metal is a 4 To 5 Pound Bar and is the most serviceable low cost lead based babbitt metal for general utility uses.’


Late 19th century: named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), the American inventor of the lining.


babbitt metal

/ˈbabɪt ˌmɛt(ə)l/