Definition of zinc in English:

zinc

noun

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

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

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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

/ziNGk/