What does Amalgam mean?

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əˈmæl gəmamal·gam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amalgam, dental amalgamnoun

    an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams

  2. amalgamnoun

    a combination or blend of diverse things

    "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"


  1. amalgamnoun

    A combination of different things

  2. amalgamnoun

    An alloy containing mercury

  3. Etymology: amalgama, from μάλαγμα, from μαλάσσω, from μαλακός.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    The mixture of metals procured by amalgamation. See Amalgamation.

    Etymology: ἅμα and γαμεῖν.

    The induration of the amalgam appears to proceed from the new texture resulting from the coalition of the mingled ingredients, that make up the amalgam. Boyle.


  1. amalgam

    An amalgam is a mixture or blend of different elements or materials. It is often used to refer to a particular kind of alloy where mercury is combined with another metal. In dentistry, amalgam refers to a material used for dental fillings. In a broader sense, amalgam can also refer to a combination of different elements that form a whole.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amalgamnoun

    an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; as, an amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc

  2. Amalgamnoun

    a mixture or compound of different things

  3. Amalgamnoun

    a native compound of mercury and silver

  4. Amalgam

    to amalgamate

  5. Etymology: [F. amalgame, prob. fr. L. malagma, Gr. ma`lagma, emollient, plaster, poultice, fr. mala`ssein to make soft, fr. malako`s soft.]


  1. Amalgam

    An amalgam is a substance formed by the reaction of mercury with another metal. Almost all metals can form amalgams with mercury, notable exception being iron. Silver-mercury amalgams are important in dentistry, and gold-mercury amalgam is used in the extraction of gold from ore.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amalgam

    a-mal′gam, n. a compound of mercury with another metal: any soft mixture: a combination of various elements: one of the ingredients in an alloy.—v.t. Amal′gamate, to mix mercury with another metal: to compound.—v.i. to unite in an amalgam: to blend.—n. Amalgamā′tion, the blending of different things: a homogeneous union of diverse elements.—adj. Amalgamā′tive. [L. and Gr. malagma, an emollient—Gr. malassein, to soften.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Amalgam

    (a) A combination or alloy in which one of the constituents is mercury. Usually the term is applied to an alloy of a single metal with mercury. Some metals readily form amalgams; such metals are: Gold, zinc, silver, lead and others; some, such as platinum and iron, form amalgams only under exceptional circumstances. (b) The word is also applied to compositions for application to the cushions of frictional electric machine in which cases it is often a misnomer. True amalgams used for this purpose are made as follows: (a) Tin, 1 part;  Zinc, 1 part;  Mercury, 2 parts (Kienmayer). (b) Tin, 2 parts; Zinc, 3 parts. (c) Tin, 3 parts; Zinc, 5 parts; Mercury, 4 parts. (d) Zinc, 1 part: Mercury, 4 parts; Mercury, 9 parts.  [sic] The tin, if such is used, (formula a, b and c) is first melted, the zinc is added in successive portions. The mercury, which must be heated, is slowly poured into the melted alloy after removal of the latter from the fire, and the mixture, while making, is constantly stirred. It is kept stirred or rubbed in a mortar until cold. Sometimes it is poured into water and kept in constant agitation until cold. It is thus obtained in a granular condition, and is pounded in a mortar until reduced to powder. It must be dried and kept in tightly stopped bottles and is applied to the cushions after they have been greased. It is to be noticed that it is said that alloy (d) requires no pulverization beyond constant rubbing in a mortar as it cools. Sometimes the amalgam is shaken about in a wooden tray with chalk while cooling. The action of amalgams is not very clearly understood. Some claim that there is a chemical action, others that they simply act as conductors, others that they are more highly negative to the glass than the leather of the cushions. Graphite or sulphide of tin (mosaic gold) are sometimes used to coat the cushions; it is these that are sometimes incorrectly called amalgams.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amalgam in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amalgam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Amalgam in a Sentence

  1. Stefanie Russell:

    People have been using amalgam fillings for a very long time.

  2. Stefanie Russell:

    Tooth-colored composite fillings are better than ever, it used to be that they weren’t as strong or long-lasting as amalgam, but they’ve improved a lot over the last 10 to 15 years.

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