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bronze

Syllabification: bronze
Pronunciation: /bränz
 
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Definition of bronze in English:

noun

1A yellowish-brown alloy of copper with up to one-third tin.
Example sentences
  • During the fifth century BC the Athenians introduced the third and more lowly currency metal: bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.
  • He described the ratios between the densities of gold, mercury, lead, silver, bronze, copper, brass, iron, and tin.
  • A century ago, before stainless steel was widely available, winery equipment was often made of iron, copper, or bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.
1.1A yellowish-brown color: rich, gleaming shades of bronze
More example sentences
  • Hours later my legs were a beautiful, rich shade of bronze - this colour is good.
  • His clothes were of colours ever shifting between bronze, silver and gold and it seemed to shine without reflecting the sunlight.
  • The heads would be coloured bronze, said Mr Malkin, who has smaller public works of art already under his belt.
1.2A work of sculpture or other object made of bronze.
Example sentences
  • They house an esthetic potpourri of modern painting and Ming sculpture, Luristan bronzes and mobiles by Alexander Calder, furniture by Marcel Breuer and reliefs by Jean Arp.
  • With the assistance of Duveen, Frick formed a notable collection of Italian sculpture - bronzes by among others Pollaiuolo, Vecchietta, and Riccio, and a rare marble Bust of a Lady by Laurana.
  • The piece recalls both an early Cubist still-life sculpture by Picasso and a Futurist bronze by Boccioni.
1.3 short for bronze medal.
Example sentences
  • A string of unexpected Olympic successes - Greece has picked up two gold medals and a bronze so far - has helped to assuage national pride.
  • Australia - who are desperate to add a gold to their haul of three Olympic silvers and three bronzes - battled hard but came up against rock solid defence which only allowed one of their 14 goal attempts into the net.
  • Westbrook is also the last U.S. fencer to win an Olympic medal: a bronze in 1984.

verb

[with object] (usually be bronzed) Back to top  
1Make (a person or part of the body) suntanned: Alison was bronzed by outdoor life
More example sentences
  • Before the Industrial Revolution and the invention of suntan lotions, bronzed bodies belonged to the working class.
  • I've got Richard Glover on the radio, a gentle sea breeze blowing in from the south and the sun bronzing me up due west.
  • He's fair-skinned and gawky while I'm bronzed and supremely athletic.
1.1Give a surface of bronze or something resembling bronze to: the doors were bronzed with sculpted reliefs
More example sentences
  • It was intended to be bronzed and auctioned for charity, but after it was made, the deal fell through, leaving Aden with a life-size sculpture of the Queen Mother on his hands.
  • I also concluded that it was pointless to try and convince anyone else of this; that those who had an opinion had already had it bronzed and placed on the mantel.
  • Someone at the VA hospital in Washington found the thing and had it bronzed after Cleland became famous.

Origin

mid 17th century (as a verb): from French bronze (noun), bronzer (verb), from Italian bronzo, probably from Persian birinj 'brass'.

Derivatives

bronzy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • A third variety of this species, Clematis montana ‘Rubens’, is growing through Jasminum officinale and it is my favourite with dark bronzy red leaves and deep pink flowers.
  • Peachy tones look great on most complexions (or dab a bronzy shade on eyelids, cheekbones and lips), while a frosty white tone adds instant sexiness to darker complexions.
  • There's also a large bronzy image of Buddha seated in meditation and ornate hooded archways, and sunny colours abound.

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