Definition of terne in English:

terne

noun

  • 1A lead alloy containing about 20 percent tin and often some antimony.

    • ‘The Acrymax tin roof restoration or preservation systems are based on the concept that ‘tin’ or terne metal when properly protected can provide the base for an extremely long lasting and durable roofing system.’
    • ‘This material is commonly known as terne and is used where ease of solderability and a degree of corrosion resistance are desirable.’
    • ‘Standing seam metal roofs of copper or terne metal are found on many older homes and are a good choice for those who want to maintain that original appearance.’
    • ‘Long terne steel sheet is carbon steel sheet that has been continuously coated by various hot dip processes with terne metal.’
    • ‘One of the oldest types of roofing, terne metal, thus lends itself to many dramatic new applications in the contemporary idiom.’
    1. 1.1 Thin sheet iron or steel coated with terne.
      • ‘A major producer of electrolytic and hot-dipped tinplate, the Yorkville works also manufactures black plate and terne plate.’
      • ‘In addition, any moisture that is trapped between the terne plate and paint film can be a source of oxygen.’
      • ‘Sheet metal, lead, copper, zinc, tin plate, terne plate, and galvanized iron have all been used as roofing materials.’
      • ‘The earlier systems could only weld terne plate, and the accuracy of the welded assembly was a problem.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (denoting terne plate): probably from French terne ‘dull, tarnished’.

Pronunciation

terne

/tərn//tərn/