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2Engineering. Any of various nickel alloys or varieties of nickel silver; specifically an alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc noted for its high electrical resistivity and low thermal expansion coefficient. Also: a tin alloy containing antimony and copper.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Shepard (1804–1886). From nickel + -ine, after French nickeline.
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