Base Metals

Base Metals
   Major industrial non-ferrous metals other than precious metals and minor metals; notably copper, lead, tin, zinc, aluminium, nickel.
   ► See also Minor Metals, Precious Metals.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Base metal — In chemistry, the term base metal is used informally to refer to a metal that oxidizes or corrodes relatively easily, and reacts variably with diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl) to form hydrogen. Examples include iron, nickel, lead and zinc. Copper… …   Wikipedia

  • base — {{11}}base (adj.) late 14c., low, of little height, from O.Fr. bas low, lowly, mean, from L.L. bassus thick, stumpy, low (used only as a cognomen in classical Latin, humilis being there the usual word for low in stature or position ), possibly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • base metal — noun a metal that is common and not considered precious lead, iron, copper, tin, and zinc are base metals • Hypernyms: ↑metallic element, ↑metal * * * ˌbase ˈmetal [base metal base metals] …   Useful english dictionary

  • base — I. noun (plural bases) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin basis, from Greek, step, base, from bainein to go more at come Date: 13th century 1. a. (1) the lower part of a wall, pier, or column considered as a separate… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • base — I. /beɪs / (say bays) noun 1. the bottom of anything, considered as its support; that on which a thing stands or rests. 2. a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation; basis. 3. Architecture a. the part of a column on which the shaft… …  

  • base metal — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms base metal : singular base metal plural base metals a metal that is not worth a lot of money, for example iron • See: precious metal …   English dictionary

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