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Babbitt metal

1. Any of several soft, silvery antifriction alloys composed of tin usually with small amounts of copper and antimony.

[After Isaac Babbitt (1799-1862), American inventor who patented such an alloy.]
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Babbitt metal

(Metallurgy) any of a number of alloys originally based on tin, antimony, and copper but now often including lead: used esp in bearings. Sometimes shortened to: Babbitt
[C19: named after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), American inventor]
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Bab′bitt met`al

any of various alloys of tin with smaller amounts of antimony and copper, used as an antifriction lining for bearings.
[1870–75; after Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862), U.S. inventor]
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A soft metal used as a bearing lining. It was usually a mixture of tin (fifty parts), antimony (five parts), and copper (one part).
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Noun1.Babbitt metal - an alloy of tin with some copper and antimonyBabbitt metal - an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
alloy, metal - a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
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