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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

1812, coined by English chemist Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), from alumina, name given 18c. to aluminum oxide, from Latin alumen "alum" (see alum). Davy originally called it alumium (1808), then amended this to aluminum, which remains the U.S. word, but British editors in 1812 further amended it to aluminium, the modern preferred British form, to better harmonize with other metallic element names (sodium, potassium, etc.).Aluminium, for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound. ["Quarterly Review," 1812]\n


n. 1 A metallic chemical element (''symbol'' Al) with an atomic number of 13. 2 (context slang English) aircraft or other machinery made partially or wholly of aluminum.


n. a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite [syn: aluminium, Al, atomic number 13]

Aluminum (disambiguation)
  • Aluminum is the North American spelling of ' aluminium', a metallic element.

Aluminum may also refer to:

  • Aluminum (automobile), an American automobile built by the Aluminum Manufacturers, Inc. of Cleveland
  • "Aluminum", a song by Barenaked Ladies from their 2003 album Everything to Everyone
Aluminum (album)

Aluminum was the second album from NYC band Gods Child, littered with damaged guitars, distressed mellotron, and raw vocals. Produced by Tim Palmer (who has worked with such acts as Pearl Jam, Sponge, and Mission UK) the album features a spaced-out aura, solid musicianship and soaring sonics. Aluminum was critically acclaimed, but singles “Female Elvis” and “This is the Real World?” only charted regionally. Song “Need” was featured in the Fox Network television series Melrose Place. After this album, the band moved from NYC to Los Angeles and recorded their follow up album Dream This under the new moniker Joe 90 in 1999.

Usage examples of "aluminum".

All at once the group opened up a bit and they saw a silvery, glittering aeroplane, agleam with new aluminum paint, throbbing and vibrating, as if anxious to be off.

The explosive burst into a sphere of energy, blowing the aft superstructure of the destroyer into the sky, vaporizing much of the aluminum framing and bulkheads above.

There was this lump of iron that I had dragged all the way back from the Galactic West, encased in aluminum and neutronium and alnico magnets, hanging there in its orbit, quite useless, so far, but potentially extremely useful.

A small, flat-bottomed green-anodized aluminum bateau approached from a side channel, the harsh drone of its outboard motor enough to shoo the diving pelican away.

Suppose we know the capital and operating costs for bauxite mining, alumina production and aluminum smelting in the twentieth century.

The officers make Berel cut the slender aluminum cylinders containing the film rolls out of his coat lining.

With a sense of solemn exaltation, Berel hands the aluminum cylinders to the dentist.

The ship started out as an Iranian knock-off of a Shenzhou-B capsule, with a Chinese-type 921 space-station module tacked onto its tail: but the clunky, nineteen-sixties lookalike a glittering aluminum dragonfly mating with a Coke can has a weirdly contoured M2P2 pod strapped to its nose.

There are bruises on his neck and arms from the pressure of the restraining straps during his high-g maneuvers, the result of a 200-mile drag race with the Nebraska heat that ended with one chopper forced down in a cornfield and a coleopter that seems to have sucked a bale of aluminum chaff into an intake and had to stagger home on one engine.

He watched Crawford pull in with his brand-new Dodge dually pulling his brand-new aluminum four-horse trailer with every convenience known to man or beast.

Ultimately, this led to the use of aluminum foil in electrolytic capacitors.

Link was up early making deliveries across the San Bernardino Valley, carting red phosphorus, ephedrine, and other precursors to warehouse laboratories and aluminum sheds out in the desert.

With its neatly trimmed hedgerows, tall aluminum streetlamps, and low-roofed houses with carports and picture windows, Santa Clara resembled a middle-class exurbia in New Jersey or Ohio.

Some even have the newest thing: foldable chairs, made from lightweight aluminum.

In 1931 Van de Graaff joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and began assembling a double generator composed of two twenty-three-foot-high columns, each containing two belts and supporting an aluminum sphere six feet in diameter.