Bronze is a dull gold-colored metal that's used to make musical instruments, sculptures, and coins. If you get a bronze medal in the Olympics, you came in third place — nice job!

Bronze is an alloy of copper, tin, and other metals. For a long time, pennies were made of bronze (today they use zinc). Cymbals, bells, and gongs are traditionally crafted using bronze, and you'll get tired of counting the many bronze sculptures found in most art museums. As a verb, this word is frequently used to mean "tan," so while you burn when you forget your sunblock, your cousin tends to bronze to a burnished shade of brown.

Definitions of bronze
  1. noun
    an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements; also any copper-base alloy containing other elements in place of tin
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    a type of bronze used for parts subject to wear or corrosion (especially corrosion by sea water)
    phosphor bronze
    a corrosion-resistant bronze containing phosphorus; used in bearings and gears
    alpha bronze
    an alloy of copper and tin that can be worked
    bell metal
    bronze with 3 or 4 parts copper to 1 part tin; used in making bells
    beryllium bronze
    a copper-base alloy containing beryllium
    leaded bronze
    bronze to which 1-4% lead is added
    nickel bronze
    a bronze containing up to 30% nickel
    silicon bronze
    a bronze with 2-3% silicon that is resistant to corrosion
    type of:
    copper-base alloy
    any alloy whose principal component is copper
  2. noun
    a sculpture made of bronze
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    a three-dimensional work of plastic art
  3. adjective
    made from or consisting of bronze
    metal, metallic
    containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  4. adjective
    of the color of bronze
    synonyms: bronzy
    being or having or characterized by hue
  5. verb
    give the color and appearance of bronze to something
    bronze baby shoes”
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    type of:
    color with dye
  6. verb
    get a tan, from wind or sun
    synonyms: tan
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    get a tan from being exposed to the sun
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    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
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