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type metal

Syllabification: type met·al

Definition of type metal in English:


An alloy of lead, tin, and antimony, used for casting type.
Example sentences
  • For example, when used as an alloy in type metal, it expands to fill all the corners of a mold, forming clean, crisp letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • A mold was made from the handset type, and type metal was cast into this mold.
  • Throughout history, lead has been used for many important applications, including water and sewer pipes, cable coverings, type metal, paints, food and tobacco wrappings, and gasoline additives.

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