Definition of terne in English:


Syllabification: terne
Pronunciation: /tərn


(also terne metal)
  • 1A lead alloy containing about 20 percent tin and often some antimony.
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    • Long terne steel sheet is carbon steel sheet that has been continuously coated by various hot dip processes with terne metal.
    • 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.
    • This material is commonly known as terne and is used where ease of solderability and a degree of corrosion resistance are desirable.
  • 1.1 (also terneplate) Thin sheet iron or steel coated with this.
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    • In addition, any moisture that is trapped between the terne plate and paint film can be a source of oxygen.
    • The earlier systems could only weld terne plate, and the accuracy of the welded assembly was a problem.
    • Sheet metal, lead, copper, zinc, tin plate, terne plate, and galvanized iron have all been used as roofing materials.


mid 19th century (denoting terneplate): probably from French terne 'dull, tarnished'.

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