Definition of terne in English:
1 (also terne metal) [mass noun] A lead alloy containing about 20 per cent tin and often some antimony.
- Long terne steel sheet is carbon steel sheet that has been continuously coated by various hot dip processes with terne metal.
- Standing seam metal roofs of copper or terne metal are found on many older homes and are a good choice for those who want to maintain that original appearance.
- This material is commonly known as terne and is used where ease of solderability and a degree of corrosion resistance are desirable.
1.1 (also terne plate) Thin sheet iron or steel coated with terne.
- In addition, any moisture that is trapped between the terne plate and paint film can be a source of oxygen.
- The earlier systems could only weld terne plate, and the accuracy of the welded assembly was a problem.
- Sheet metal, lead, copper, zinc, tin plate, terne plate, and galvanized iron have all been used as roofing materials.
mid 19th century (denoting terne plate): probably from French terne 'dull, tarnished'.