One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alloy of nickel with chromium (10 to 20 percent) and sometimes iron (up to 25 percent), used chiefly in high-temperature applications such as electrical heating elements.
- ‘The packaging, sealing and mechanical protection of nichrome resistor films is critical to prevent failures in a nichrome chip when subjected to moisture.’
- ‘It is easy to sterilize and reuse because nichrome wire resists deterioration with repeated heat/cooling cycles.’
- ‘Not that they are always so inclined - physics students still ask about the ‘nichrome wire’ experiment.’
- ‘Try thicker nichrome wire, or more simply make the span shorter with more supports between hanging objects.’
- ‘We can help you determine the proper size and configuration of nichrome for your equipment.’
Early 20th century: blend of nickel and chrome.
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