Definition of zinc in US English:

zinc

noun

  • 1The chemical element of atomic number 30, a silvery-white metal which is a constituent of brass and is used for coating (galvanizing) iron and steel to protect against corrosion.

    • ‘The roof structure is of laminated wood, clad in silver-colored aluminum and zinc.’
    • ‘Minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, nickel, and other metals continue to be released from the vent as long as it remains active - usually one to two years.’
    • ‘He has been known to test his blood to regulate levels of zinc, magnesium and oxygen.’
    • ‘A zinc rich paint coating protects the interior of the pipe.’
    • ‘Plates can be made from a variety of metals, including zinc, copper, bronze and steel.’
    • ‘The atomic sizes of zinc and silver differ little from that of aluminum.’
    • ‘Alloyed with tin, copper makes bronze, and combined with zinc, it makes brass.’
    • ‘Our own bodies contain several essential metals, such as zinc, copper and iron.’
    • ‘Connecting the steel to a higher potential metal, such as zinc, by a wire reverses the current and halts the rebar corrosion.’
    • ‘It is very common for fireworks to contain aluminum, iron, steel, zinc or magnesium dust in order to create bright, shimmering sparks.’
    • ‘Fortified breakfast cereals with milk are an important source of iron, calcium, zinc, folic acid and B vitamins.’
    • ‘Look for sunblocks and protective moisturizers with zinc or titanium dioxide.’
    • ‘In the water samples, elevated levels of chromium, chlorine, molybdenum, and zinc were found in the MS cluster area.’
    • ‘Most farmers are adding selenium, copper, zinc and iodine to their water supply.’
    • ‘Soy beans are also a rich source of calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins, omega - 3 fatty acids and fiber.’
    • ‘Bison meat contains many minerals but is highest in selenium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, copper and magnesium content.’
    • ‘These changes were associated with large increases in phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, and copper.’
    • ‘A coating of zinc on steel can be used and the aluminum welded to it by the gas tungsten arc welding process.’
    • ‘Coatings such as zinc and tin provide protection against corrosion.’
    • ‘The primary use of zinc is in galvanizing other metals, especially iron and steel.’
    1. 1.1usually as modifier Galvanized iron or steel, especially as the material of domestic utensils or corrugated roofs.
      ‘a zinc roof’
      • ‘Each is topped by an elaborate zinc roof with wide overhangs intended to reduce insolation.’
      • ‘Conceptually, the building can be read as a man-made landscape enveloped by a single undulating zinc roof like the horizon line.’
      • ‘She was a poor woman, and she lived in a fairly small board house with a zinc roof.’
      • ‘High alloy zinc nickel deposits represent the highest level of performance even after deposit post forming and heating.’
      • ‘Harvey's better idea was bullets cast of pure lead with a zinc base.’
      • ‘The wet area has a sink surrounded by a zinc countertop.’
      • ‘The structures will be unified by a massive aluminum and zinc roof bordered by a narrow overhang.’
      • ‘Rectangular houses with zinc roofs and concrete floors are common in villages and small towns.’
      • ‘The refurbished zinc roof forms an arresting contrast with the cream tiled and rendered walls of the main building.’
      • ‘Many people can afford corrugated zinc roofs on their homes.’
      • ‘Keep the painted side of the bottle in contact with a corrugated zinc sheet and expose it to sunlight for six hours.’
      • ‘The floors are of wood or tile, and the roofs of zinc or corrugated iron.’
      • ‘It's made of a specially coated material covered with zinc anodes to ward off corrosion.’
      • ‘I had wanted to paint it, but was unable to quickly locate the zinc primer that would enable the paint to stick to the aluminum.’
      • ‘They mark a long east-west colonnade that links a series of discrete rooms clad in sprayed earth and topped with curved zinc roofs.’
      • ‘Newer houses have walls made of adobe blocks or bricks, with roofs of corrugated zinc or cement.’
      • ‘Imported building material, such as the zinc sheets for roofing, is becoming increasingly important in the countryside.’
      • ‘Modern materials are now often incorporated into building techniques, especially zinc sheets for roofs and cement to cover floors and walls.’
      • ‘Beans pack a bigger shot of zinc than any other member of the veggie family; some (like baked beans) even rival the zinc content of red meat.’
      • ‘The older areas in the center of the city are often made up of mud and cement houses with corrugated zinc roofs.’

verb

[with object]usually as adjective zinced
  • Coat (iron) with zinc or a zinc compound to prevent rust.

    • ‘The motherboards have 120 mm PVC spacers to keep them apart and are threaded along M4 zinced thread section.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from German Zink, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

zinc

/zɪŋk//ziNGk/