zinc

zinc

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English

Etymology

From German Zink, related to Zinke (point, prong), from Middle High German zinke, from Old High German zinko (prong, tine), allied to zint (a jag, point), from Proto-Germanic *tindaz (prong, pinnacle), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont- (tooth, projection). Cognate with Old English tind (tine, prong), Middle Low German tinde, Icelandic tindur (spike, tooth of a rake or harrow, pinnacle, peak, battlement). See also Dutch tinne (battlement), German Zinne (pinnacle, battlement), Danish tinde (pinnacle, battlement), Swedish tinne (tooth of a rake), More at tine. Doublet of zincum.

Pronunciation

  • (US) enPR: zingk, IPA(key): /zɪŋk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Noun

zinc (countable and uncountable, plural zincs)

  1. A chemical element (symbol Zn) with an atomic number of 30, a slightly brittle blue-silvery metal.
  2. (countable) A single atom of this element.
  3. (Britain, dated, colloquial) A zinc countertop.
    • 1904, The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art
      Then, three workmen throwing dice for drinks. And their heads come sharply together as they count the scores. And so violently do they throw the dice that they shoot off "the zinc" on to the floor.
    • 2010, Chris Ackerley, Demented Particulars (page 44)
      Even if there were a Chef and Brewer near Marble Arch, the name suggests a pint and pie, not a prawn and tomato sandwich and “a dock glass of white port off the zinc”; i.e., a small glass of a fine aperitif, at the counter []

Synonyms

  • zincum (archaic)

Derived terms

Related terms

  • zincode
  • zincous

Translations

See also

Verb

zinc (third-person singular simple present zincs, present participle zincing or zinking or zincking, simple past and past participle zinced or zinked or zincked)

  1. (rare) To electroplate with zinc.
  2. (rare) To coat with sunblock incorporating zinc oxide.

Synonyms

  • (electroplate with zinc): galvanize

Translations

Anagrams

  • ICZN

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈziŋk/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ˈziŋ/

Noun

zinc m (uncountable)

  1. zinc

Further reading

  • “zinc” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “zinc” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “zinc” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “zinc” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology 1

From German Zink.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /zɛ̃ɡ/, (spelling pronunciation) /zɛ̃k/

Noun

zinc m (plural zincs)

  1. (metallurgy, chemistry) zinc
  2. (informal) counter (in a bar, café, etc), bar
  3. (informal) small plane

Related terms

  • zingage
  • zingueur
  • zinguer
  • dézinguer

Further reading

  • “zinc” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Etymology 2

Clipping of zincou, verlan form of cousin (cousin)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /zɛ̃k/

Noun

zinc m (plural zincs)

  1. (verlan) dude, man

Occitan

Noun

zinc m (uncountable)

  1. zinc

Romanian

Etymology

From French zinc, from German Zink.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /zink/

Noun

zinc n (uncountable)

  1. zinc (metal)

References

  • zinc in DEX online - Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)

Spanish

Pronunciation

Noun

zinc m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative spelling of cinc

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