One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft alloy of tin, antimony, copper, and usually lead, used to line bearings.
- ‘To complete this operation, it is necessary to remove the block of babbitt metal from the back of the knife.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of the methods performed, only the tin-bath method consistently produced a bond stronger than the babbitt metal itself.’
Late 19th century: named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), the American inventor of the lining.
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