Babbitt metal

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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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Where the thrusts are approximately balanced, a thrust collar bearing of babbitt metal or a pivoted bearing shoe type, or thrust ball bearings are sufficient to maintain the balance.
The greasy carbon-black from the smoke gets between babbitt metal and rotating shaft and wears off just enough clearance to let the shaft run free and prevent babbitt metal from adhering to the shaft (so long as it is kept lubricated; if it isn't, the bearing can heat up and melt).
Both pure lead and babbitt metal were tried in this system.