Definition of cire perdue in English:

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cire perdue

Pronunciation: /ˌsir pərˈdyo͞o/


Another term for lost wax.
Example sentences
  • Most of the main metalworking techniques were well developed, including casting (in two piece and cire perdue (lost wax) moulds), alloying, annealing, sheet metalwork, riveting, wire-making, graving, and soldering.
  • The lost-wax process (cire perdue) remains the tried and true method.
  • They have been beautifully inscribed on both sides of the tablet, either from a mould using the cire perdue (lost wax) technique or, more probably, by direct engraving on the bronze.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'lost wax'.

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Syllabification: cire per·due

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