Crossword clues for aluminium
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Aluminum \A*lu"mi*num\ ([.a]*l[=u]*m[i^]*n[u^]m), n. The metallic element forming the base of alumina. This metal is white, but with a bluish tinge, and is remarkable for its resistance to oxidation, and for its lightness, having a specific gravity of about 2.6. Atomic weight 27.08. Symbol Al. Also called aluminium.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
n. A light, silvery metal extracted from bauxite, and a chemical element (''symbol'' Al) with an atomic number of 13.
Aluminium or aluminum (in North American English) is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is a silvery-white, soft, nonmagnetic, ductile metal. Aluminium is the third most abundant element in the Earth's crust (after oxygen and silicon) and its most abundant metal. Aluminium makes up about 8% of the crust by mass, though it is less common in the mantle below. Aluminium metal is so chemically reactive that native specimens are rare and limited to extreme reducing environments. Instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals. The chief ore of aluminium is bauxite.
Aluminium is remarkable for the metal's low density and its ability to resist corrosion through the phenomenon of passivation. Aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and important in transportation and structures, such as building facades and window frames. The oxides and sulfates are the most useful compounds of aluminium.
Despite its prevalence in the environment, no known form of life uses aluminium salts metabolically, but aluminium is well tolerated by plants and animals. Because of their abundance, the potential for a biological role is of continuing interest and studies continue.
- Aluminium (also aluminum in the United States and Canada) is a metallic element.
Aluminium may also refer to:
- "Aluminum", a song by The White Stripes from their 2001 album White Blood Cells
- "Aluminum", a song by the Barenaked Ladies from their 2003 album Everything to Everyone
- Aluminium (album) a music and art project based upon the White Stripes' music; also an album released by that project
- "Aluminium", a song by Damon Albarn
- Aluminium: The Thirteenth Element, an encyclopedia on the element
Aluminium is the name of a music project based upon an orchestral reworking of the music of the band The White Stripes. Its members are Richard Russell and Joby Talbot. Jack White, of the White Stripes, has endorsed the project.
Rob Jones has also produced an exhibition of artwork based on the album.
Usage examples of "aluminium".
I watched the glowing redheads pack our kit away into the large aluminium Lacon boxes.
Ahead of us now was the target, a row of six or seven low-level, brick faced light industrial units with flat aluminium roofs and windows.
I picked up one of the aluminium flasks, which was held in place by elastic cargo netting, and started to untwist the cup.
Made of carbon fiber, aluminium or composite resin, with cams that worked like gears at the end of the bow to give the bow cable more power, these modern versions of the longbow would have had Robin Hood creaming his Lincoln green.
I followed it until I got to the grandly named Recycling Center, which, in fact, was three galvanized dustbins for plastic bottles, glass and aluminium cans, and clambered over.
Otherwise I could sign a contract and then be held to ransom by the aluminium manufacturers.
I could do without the aluminium factory and be at the mercy ofmy suppliers.
Besides the rustling of the gas cells there was the creaking of the aluminium framework along which he walked and the musical cries of thousands of steel bracing wires.
He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.
Of three salts of aluminium, one did not act, a second showed a trace of action, and the third acted slowly and doubtfully, so that their effects are nearly alike.
The light aluminium gondolas would have too bad a time in winds of this strength, particularly over the last great swoop of cable that brought them a good quarter of a mile over the exposed shoulder beneath the plateau.
The tractor was uncoupled and the pilot, followed by Bond, climbed up the little aluminium ladder and then into the raised cockpit and strapped themselves in.
He straightened himself and shifted his body well forward on the flimsy little aluminium platform and gripped the steering-arm, keeping his elbows well in to his sides.
Reluctantly the sliver of aluminium answered and Bond, inches from the top of the wall, found himself swooping down into blackness and then out again on to a moonlit straight.
The sun glittered off the silver radiator and off the engine-turned aluminium shield below the high perpendicular glass cliff of the windscreen.