zinc
Pronunciation
  • (America) enPR: zingk, IPA: /zɪŋk/
Noun

zinc

  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. (UK, 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 […]
Related terms Translations Verb

zinc (zincs, present participle zincing; past and past participle zinced)

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