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zinc

zinc

pronunciation:
zIngk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a chemical element that has thirty protons in each nucleus and that occurs in pure form as a bluish white corrosion-resistant metal that is brittle at room temperature but becomes malleable when heated, used in a variety of alloys and in electrical devices. (symbol: Zn)
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: zinced, zincing, zincked, zincking, zincs.
definition: to cover or coat (iron or steel) with zinc to retard rusting; galvanize.
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Zinc comes from a German word that means "point or spike." When zinc is cooled after heating it looks like spikes.
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