One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Made of two metals.
- ‘It is also used for making bimetallic materials for the instrument industry.’
- ‘Sheetz and Singer have compared the fact that asymmetric area expansion tends to curve a bilayer with a bimetallic couple (bilayer couple hypothesis).’
- ‘Condensation (distilled water) aggressively facilitates other forms of deterioration (e.g., bimetallic corrosion).’
- ‘Oven thermometers are usually of the robust bimetallic type, with a magnet on the back so that they can be fixed to the steel wall of the oven.’
- ‘Adzic and Mavrikakis suggest that the efficiency boost coupled with the lower cost of a bimetallic compared with a pure platinum cathode points to a commercially viable alternative to current ORR fuel cell design.’
- ‘They have anchored bimetallic catalysts, such as a ruthenium-tin catalyst, to the insides of such molecular sieves and have found that they can selectively hydrogenate cyclic polyenes.’
2historical Relating to bimetallism.
- ‘The supporters of so-called ‘bimetallism’ were not interested in a workable bimetallic system with a market-responsive ratio.’
- ‘Other regimes included: bimetallic standard (gold and silver); unimetallic (gold or silver); gold exchange standard; and post-World War II Bretton Woods.’
- ‘So the historic gold and bimetallic standards receive attention, both as union and disunion (breaking-up).’
- ‘Traditionally the United States had a bimetallic monetary system in which sixteen ounces of silver equaled one ounce of gold.’
- ‘The answer emphatically being - No - the standard was the then current Silver Spanish Dollar known as Pieces of Eight, coupled with a bimetallic system of coinage using both silver and gold.’
- ‘However, a bimetallic monetary system of coinage was also established by the Constitutional mandate to Congress to ‘coin Money, regulate the Value thereof’.’
- ‘The bimetallic ratio of silver and gold in 1560 was 13 to 1 in Mexico, 11 to 1 in Europe and in China was 4 to 1.’
- ‘From the origin of the United States, the currency was in continuing trouble because the United States was on a bimetallic rather than a gold standard, in short a market basket of two commodities, gold and silver.’
- ‘Chinese demand was a crucial factor, when the price of silver was higher in China, silver left India and when the bimetallic ratio was favorable the white metal returned.’
- ‘The bimetallic solution led to chronic undervaluation.’
- ‘The other European countries were either on a pure silver standard or on a bimetallic (gold and silver) system.’
- ‘From the 1870s through World War I, most European and Latin American nations as well as Japan and the United States abandoned bimetallic standards, which based currencies on both gold and silver, and embraced the gold standard.’
Late 19th century: from French bimétallique, from bi- ‘two’ + métallique ‘metallic’.
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