Definition of zinc in English:


Syllabification: zinc
Pronunciation: /ziNGk


  • 1The chemical element of atomic number 30, a silvery-white metal that is a constituent of brass and is used for coating (galvanizing) iron and steel to protect against corrosion. (Symbol: Zn)
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    • A zinc rich paint coating protects the interior of the pipe.
    • Soy beans are also a rich source of calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins, omega - 3 fatty acids and fiber.
    • Coatings such as zinc and tin provide protection against corrosion.
  • 1.1 [usually as modifier] Galvanized iron or steel, especially as the material of domestic utensils or corrugated roofs: a zinc roof
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    • Many people can afford corrugated zinc roofs on their homes.
    • The older areas in the center of the city are often made up of mud and cement houses with corrugated zinc roofs.
    • Imported building material, such as the zinc sheets for roofing, is becoming increasingly important in the countryside.


[with object] (usually as adjective zinced) Back to top  
  • Coat (iron) with zinc or a zinc compound to prevent rust.
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    • The motherboards have 120 mm PVC spacers to keep them apart and are threaded along M4 zinced thread section.


mid 17th century: from German Zink, of unknown origin.

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