Definition of zinc noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//zɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪŋk//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (symbol Zn) a chemical element. Zinc is a bluish-white metal that is mixed with copper to produce brass and is often used to cover other metals to prevent them from rusting.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) (in some places in Africa) a sheet of corrugated iron that is used to make a roof, shelter, etc. They built a temporary home out of zincs.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from German Zink, of unknown origin.
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