Crossword clues for pewter
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pewter \Pew"ter\, n. [OE. pewtyr, OF. peutre, peautre, piautre: cf. D. peauter, piauter, It. peltro, Sp. & Pg. peltre, LL. peutreum, pestrum. Cf. Spelter.]
A hard, tough, but easily fusible, alloy, originally consisting of tin with a little lead, but afterwards modified by the addition of copper, antimony, or bismuth.
Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.
Note: Pewter was formerly much used for domestic utensils. Inferior sorts contain a large proportion of lead.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 14c., "any of various alloys having tin as their main constituent" (the usual form is one part lead to four parts tin), from Old French peautre (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *peltrum "pewter" (source of Spanish peltre, Italian peltro), of uncertain origin. Related: Pewterer.
Of a dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal. n. 1 An alloy of approximately 93–98% tin, 1–2% copper, and the balance of antimony. 2 (context historical English) An alloy of tin and lead. 3 items made of pewter. 4 A dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal. v
(cx transitive English) To coat with pewter.
n. any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85–99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes, less commonly today, lead. Silver is also sometimes used. Copper and antimony act as hardeners while lead is common in the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. It has a low melting point, around , depending on the exact mixture of metals. The word pewter is probably a variation of the word spelter, a term for zinc alloys (originally a colloquial name for zinc).
Usage examples of "pewter".
In the little space with parquet flooring between the stairs, the window and the glazed front door there stood a tall cupboard of mahogany, with some old pewter on it, and in front of the cupboard on the floor there were two plants, an azalea and an araucaria, in large pots which stood on low stands.
The room was lit with beeswax and bayberry candles and a collection of pewter lamps.
Piece by piece he was assembling the costly treasures for its furnishing fine hand-turned bedsteads and chests and chairs from the skilled Wethersfield joiner, Peter Blinn, glossy pewter plates and a set of silver spoons from Boston, real china bowls of blue and white Delft from Holland.
The lid of the kettle was of heavy cast iron, and fitted tightly, but McCoy now plastered it about with clay before he filled his sawn calabash with water and stood a pewter half-pint on a rock, where it would catch the drip from the coil.
The world around them was pewter gray, the familiar buildings of Ban Ean were unrecognizable in the thick morning mist.
De Graaff had furnished the spacious rooms with the same pewter and Delft porcelain and polished mahogany that adorned the homes of the rich Regents of Amsterdam.
The underpolished knobbly oak benches had vanished in favour of smooth leather-look vinyl, and there were shiny modern brass ornaments on the mantel instead of antique pewter platters.
Pouring wine from a flagon into two pewter cups, he handed one to Payn and raised his own.
Captain Saucier put up the bars, and started a black line of men and women, with pieces of furniture, loads of clothing and linen, bedding and pewter and silver, and precious baskets of china, or tiers of books, upon their heads, up the attic stairs.
Today, Chainer perked up because Skellum was carrying an eight-inch pewter cage.
His bed was unmadenot that it entailed more than straightening the linen sheet on the leather straps criss-crossing the low wooden framebut the dressing table had only a comb in addition to the mirror, and on the floor beside it was a pewter basin with his shaving brush, razor and a jug of soapberry juice.
His bed was unmade not that it entailed more than straightening the linen sheet on the leather straps criss-crossing the low wooden frame but the dressing table had only a comb in addition to the mirror, and on the floor beside it was a pewter basin with his shaving brush, razor and a jug of soapberry juice.
There was a flat with the reddest of new carpets, tasselled portieres and six steins with pewter lids arranged on a ledge above the wainscoting of the dining-room.
The sun is setting at the end of the street, and the clouds in the western sky have turned gold, orange, bronze, violaceous, burgundy, pewter, and a touch of chartreuse.
From there the pewter water spreads away to the black walls of mangrove on all sides.