Alloy vs Billon - What's the difference?

alloy | billon |


As nouns the difference between alloy and billon

is that alloy is a metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal while billon is any of several alloys of precious metals and base metals that is used (where legal) to make coins, medals etc.

As a verb alloy

is to mix or combine; often used of metals.

alloy

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) alai, from (etyl) aloi, from aloiier.

Noun

(en noun)
  • A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.
  • An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc.
  • *, II.20:
  • Metrodorus said that in sadnesse there is some aloy of pleasure.
    Derived terms
    * superalloy

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To mix or combine; often used of metals.
  • To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance.
  • to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper
  • (figurative) To impair or debase by mixture.
  • to alloy pleasure with misfortunes

    See also

    * (wikipedia "alloy") *

    Anagrams

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    billon

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia billon) (en noun)
  • Any of several alloys of precious metals and base metals that is used (where legal) to make coins, medals etc.