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bronze adj
1 of the color of bronze [syn: bronzy]
2 made from or consisting of bronze


1 an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements; also any copper-base alloy containing other elements in place of tin
2 a sculpture made of bronze


1 give the color and appearance of bronze to something; "bronze baby shoes"
2 get a tan, from wind or sun [syn: tan]

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see Bronze



bronzo, from bronzino, from aes Brundisinum, Brindisi brass



  1. A natural or man-made alloy of copper, usually of tin, but also with one or more other metals.
  2. A reddish-brown colour, the colour of bronze.
    bronze colour:   
  3. A work of art made of bronze, especially a sculpture.
  4. A bronze medal


bronze medal


  1. Made of bronze.
  2. Having a reddish-brown colour.
made of bronze


  1. To plate with bronze.
  2. To color bronze.

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fr-noun m
  1. bronze (metal, work of art)

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Extensive Definition

Bronze is any of a broad range of copper alloys, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorus, manganese, aluminium, or silicon. (See table below.) It was particularly significant in antiquity, giving its name to the Bronze Age. "Bronze," in turn, is perhaps ultimately taken from the Persian word "berenj," meaning "Brass".

History of Bronze

Bronze was significant to any culture that encountered it. It was one of the most innovative alloys of mankind. Tools, weapons, armor, and various building materials like decorative tiles made of bronze were harder and more durable than their stone and copper ("Chalcolithic") predecessors. In early use, the impurity arsenic sometimes created a superior alloy; this is termed arsenical bronze.
The earliest tin-alloy bronzes date to the late 4th millennium BC in Susa (Iran) and some ancient sites in Luristan (Iran) and Mesopotamia (Iraq).
While copper and tin can naturally co-occur, the two ores are rarely found together (although one ancient site in Thailand and one in Iran provide counterexamples). Serious bronze work has therefore always involved trade (and the corollary idea that there were really traders in such goods). In fact, archaeologists suspect that a serious disruption of the tin trade precipitated the transition to the Iron Age. In Europe, the major source for tin was Great Britain, where significant deposits of ore could be found in Cornwall. Phoenician traders visited Great Britain to trade goods from the Mediterranean for tin.
Bronze is stronger (harder) than wrought iron, but the Bronze Age gave way to the Iron Age. That may have been because the shipping of tin around the Mediterranean (or from Great Britain) became more limited during the major population migrations around 12001100 BC, which dramatically limited supplies and raised prices. Bronze was still used during the Iron Age, but for many purposes the weaker wrought iron was found to be sufficiently strong. As ironworking improved, iron became cheaper, and people figured out how to make steel, which is stronger than bronze, holding a sharper edge longer.


With the exception of steel, bronze is superior to iron in nearly every application. It is considerably less brittle than iron. Bronze only oxidizes superficially; once the surface oxidizes, the thin oxide layer protects the underlying metal from further corrosion. Copper-based alloys have lower melting points than steel or iron, and are more readily produced from their constituent metals. They are generally about 10 percent heavier than steel, although alloys using aluminium or silicon may be slightly less dense. Bronzes are softer and weaker than steel, bronze springs are less stiff (and so store less energy) for the same bulk. It resists corrosion (especially seawater corrosion) and metal fatigue better than steel and also conducts heat and electricity better than most steels. The cost of copper-base alloys is generally higher than that of steels but lower than that of nickel-base alloys such as stainless steel.
Copper and its alloys have a huge variety of uses that reflect their versatile physical, mechanical, and chemical properties. Some common examples are the high electrical conductivity of pure copper, the excellent deep-drawing qualities of cartridge case brass, the low-friction properties of bearing bronze, the resonant qualities of bell bronze, and the resistance to corrosion by sea water of several bronze alloys.
In the twentieth century, silicon was introduced as the primary alloying element, creating an alloy with wide application in industry and the major form used in contemporary statuary. Aluminium is also used for the structural metal aluminium bronze.
|- |Copper alloys, brass||Zinc (Zn)||C1xxxx–C4xxxx,C66400–C69800 |- |Phosphor bronzes||Tin (Sn)||C5xxxx |- |Aluminium bronzes||Aluminium (Al)||C60600–C64200 |- |Silicon bronzes||Silicon (Si)||C64700–C66100 |- |Copper nickel, nickel silvers||Nickel (Ni)||C7xxxx |}

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bronze in Amharic: ናስ
bronze in Arabic: برونز
bronze in Asturian: Bronce
bronze in Bengali: ব্রোঞ্জ
bronze in Min Nan: Chheⁿ-tâng
bronze in Bosnian: Bronza
bronze in Bulgarian: Бронз
bronze in Catalan: Bronze
bronze in Chuvash: Бронза
bronze in Czech: Bronz
bronze in Danish: Bronze
bronze in German: Bronze
bronze in Estonian: Pronks
bronze in Modern Greek (1453-): Κρατέρωμα
bronze in Spanish: Bronce
bronze in Esperanto: Bronzo
bronze in French: Bronze
bronze in Scottish Gaelic: Umha
bronze in Galician: Bronce
bronze in Korean: 청동
bronze in Hakka Chinese: Thùng
bronze in Armenian: Բրոնզ
bronze in Hindi: कांसा
bronze in Croatian: Bronca
bronze in Indonesian: Perunggu
bronze in Icelandic: Brons
bronze in Italian: Bronzo
bronze in Hebrew: ארד
bronze in Georgian: ბრინჯაო (მეტალი)
bronze in Latvian: Bronza
bronze in Lithuanian: Bronza
bronze in Hungarian: Bronz
bronze in Malayalam: ഓട്
bronze in Malay (macrolanguage): Gangsa
bronze in Dutch: Brons
bronze in Japanese: 青銅
bronze in Norwegian: Bronse
bronze in Norwegian Nynorsk: Bronse
bronze in Occitan (post 1500): Bronze
bronze in Polish: Brązy
bronze in Portuguese: Bronze
bronze in Romanian: Bronz
bronze in Quechua: Champi
bronze in Russian: Бронза
bronze in Simple English: Bronze
bronze in Slovak: Bronz
bronze in Slovenian: Bron
bronze in Serbian: Бронза
bronze in Serbo-Croatian: Bronza
bronze in Finnish: Pronssi
bronze in Swedish: Brons
bronze in Tamil: வெண்கலம்
bronze in Telugu: కంచు
bronze in Thai: สำริด
bronze in Vietnamese: Đồng thiếc
bronze in Turkish: Tunç
bronze in Ukrainian: Бронза
bronze in Yiddish: בראנזע
bronze in Chinese: 青铜

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Titian, adust, auburn, aureate, bay, bay-colored, bayard, brass, brassy, brazen, bronze-colored, bronzed, bronzy, brown, brownish-red, burn, cast, castaneous, chestnut, chestnut-brown, copper, copper-colored, coppery, cupreous, cuprous, embrown, ferrous, ferruginous, foxy, gilt, gold, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, henna, infuscate, iron, ironlike, lead, leaden, liver-brown, liver-colored, livid-brown, mahogany, marble, mercurial, mercurous, mobile, nickel, nickelic, nickeline, pewter, pewtery, quicksilver, reddish-brown, roan, rubiginous, rufous, russet, russety, rust, rust-colored, rusty, sculpture, silver, silver-plated, silvery, stabile, statue, steel, steely, sunburn, sunburned, suntan, tan, terra cotta, terra-cotta, tin, tinny
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