Definition of babbitt metal in English:

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babbitt metal

Pronunciation: /ˈbabɪt ˌmɛt(ə)l/


[mass noun]
A soft alloy of tin, antimony, copper, and usually lead, used to line bearings.
Example sentences
  • To complete this operation, it is necessary to remove the block of babbitt metal from the back of the knife.
  • The Carbonite Babbitt Metal is a 4 To 5 Pound Bar and is the most serviceable low cost lead based babbitt metal for general utility uses.
  • Of the methods performed, only the tin-bath method consistently produced a bond stronger than the babbitt metal itself.


Late 19th century: named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), the American inventor of the lining.

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