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bimetallic Line breaks: bi|met¦al|lic
Pronunciation: /bʌɪmɪˈtalɪk/

Definition of bimetallic in English:


1Made of two metals.
Example sentences
  • Condensation (distilled water) aggressively facilitates other forms of deterioration (e.g., bimetallic corrosion).
  • Sheetz and Singer have compared the fact that asymmetric area expansion tends to curve a bilayer with a bimetallic couple (bilayer couple hypothesis).
  • Adzic and Mavrikakis suggest that the efficiency boost coupled with the lower cost of a bimetallic compared with a pure platinum cathode points to a commercially viable alternative to current ORR fuel cell design.
2 historical Relating to bimetallism.
Example sentences
  • From the origin of the United States, the currency was in continuing trouble because the United States was on a bimetallic rather than a gold standard, in short a market basket of two commodities, gold and silver.
  • The supporters of so-called ‘bimetallism’ were not interested in a workable bimetallic system with a market-responsive ratio.
  • Other regimes included: bimetallic standard (gold and silver); unimetallic (gold or silver); gold exchange standard; and post-World War II Bretton Woods.


Late 19th century: from French bimétallique, from bi- 'two' + métallique 'metallic'.

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