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brass is an alloy of zinc and copper
  a metal that consists of more than one element
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alloy alloys alloyed alloying
Much more rarely, "alloy" can reference impairing the quality of something; as in "The delight of victory was alloyed by the cost."
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  • brass is an alloy of zinc and copper
  • an aluminum alloy used in aviation
  • It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Swankoski ran through the science: two different alloys are placed side by side, and their different conductive properties transform temperature into voltage.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • For weeks he wheels carts loaded with various pieces of equipment in and out of the key pound, working long after the museum has closed, and every night he returns to the key pound smelling of brazing alloy and sawdust.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The church bell sounding intermittently through my slumber was not entirely unmusical, but it had a clangorous, hollow, Protestant ring, as if fashioned of low-priced alloys; demonically, in the midst of my turbulent erotic visions, it tolled with the voice of sin.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s all high-tech alloys and mono—filaments.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • All this made the feast delightful, and when the waiter was not there to watch me, my pleasure was without alloy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Rearden Metal was a new alloy, produced by Rearden after ten years of experiments.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But then—by a kind of necessity that always impelled this child to alloy whatever comfort she might chance to give with a throb of anguish—Pearl put up her mouth and kissed the scarlet letter, too.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • It was black and heavy crafted out of alloyed steel.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Flux filters, servo-coils, power conditioning alloys, all calibrated to the specific energy grade of the locale.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It burst at Redd’s feet and a shimmering cage of White Imagination-enforced alloy built itself around the queen.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • I was silent; Helen had calmed me; but in the tranquillity she imparted there was an alloy of inexpressible sadness.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There is Romena, where I falsified the alloy stamped with the Baptist,[1] for which on earth I left my body burned.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • When activated, several alloy rods in the seal’s collar would be detonated simultaneously, effectively disintegrating the door.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His exaltation had but one alloy—the memory of his humiliation in this angel’s garden—and that record in sand was fast washing out, under the waves of happiness that were sweeping over it now.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Should not a magistrate be not merely the best administrator of the law, but the most crafty expounder of the chicanery of his profession, a steel probe to search hearts, a touchstone to try the gold which in each soul is mingled with more or less of alloy?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His mirth was without alloy.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • There is no alloy of self in what I feel for you.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Paul’s coffee service, the fluted alloy of silver and jasmium that he had inherited from Jamis, rested on a low table to her right.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The plan was not feasible, for making a ninety-degree turn would have been impossible without nickel-alloy swivels inserted in the small of every man’s back, and Lieutenant Scheisskopf was not sanguine at all about obtaining that many nickel-alloy swivels from Quartermaster or enlisting the cooperation of the surgeons at the hospital.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The real evils, indeed, of Emma’s situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • But in sorrow she must be equally carried away by her fancy, and as far beyond consolation as in pleasure she was beyond alloy.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It had come from a time when there were no alloys, no plastics . also no six figure book advances, no movie tie-in editions, no USA Today, no Entertainment Tonight, no celebrities doing ads for credit cards or vodka.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • At any rate for notable instances, since these have no vulgar alloy of the brute in them, but invariably are dominated by intellectuality, one must go elsewhere.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Of course, we could not count the dead, because they did not exist as individuals, but merely as homogeneous protoplasm, with alloys of iron and buttons.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Every desired renewal of an existence is debased by being half alloy.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • These new designs place great value on high-strength alloys.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • By nonsense he meant fancy; and truly it is probable she was as free from any alloy of that nature, as any human being not arrived at the perfection of an absolute idiot, ever was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Besides, that would be all recreation and indulgence, without the wholesome alloy of labour, and I do not like to eat the bread of idleness.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He put it inside the little oven for gold alloy.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He had quite forgotten the momentary unpleasant impression, and alone with her he felt, now that the thought of her approaching motherhood was never for a moment absent from his mind, a new and delicious bliss, quite pure from all alloy of sense, in the being near to the woman he loved.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • That and the eight whiskered-alloy rods that stand between us and eternity.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I think it’s the alloys.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The alloy of wealth and background was ideal, of course, but the century had proven testy and ungenerous in its treatment of some of the oldest, most celebrated families of Charleston.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Such were Elizabeth Elliot’s sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life; such the feelings to give interest to a long, uneventful residence in one country circle, to fill the vacancies which there were no habits of utility abroad, no talents or accomplishments for home, to occupy.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • seemed taught by some kind spirit how to steer her course with unerring accuracy, between good and evil, would have revolted at Hurry’s character on a thousand points, had there been opportunities to enlighten her, but while he conversed and trifled with her sister, at a distance from herself, his perfection of form and feature had been left to produce their influence on her simple imagination and naturally tender feelings, without suffering by the alloy of his opinions and coarseness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But cool and candid people know that even the purest of human blessings are part alloy.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He looked as genuine as a new sovereign, but there was some infernal alloy in his metal.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • No man would refuse to give brass for silver or gold, because the latter had some alloy in it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The robotic tug was a mass of gravititc generators, drives and power plants surrounded by a thick shell of’ high-strength alloys.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • This, then, was the society that the prince accepted at once as true coin, as pure gold without alloy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But they’re scared of alloys.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Just the eerie weave of chromium alloys carried in interlocking arcs, block iron and asphalt sheeting, soaring ornaments of coachwork fitted and merged.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • While Nick hunted vermin with a sudden, insatiable ferocity, he was considerably more delicate with the minerals and alloys required by his unique metabolism.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • In the lapel of which she spied, wrought exquisitely in some pale, glimmering alloy, not another cerise badge, but a pin in the shape of the Trystero post horn.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • They were climbing spikes of a style basically old, but refined, made small and light-the pair weighed less than a tenth of a kilogram— and made foldable and compact, from a titanium alloy, hard and strong.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty,—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
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