Solder

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Description

A low-melting, metallic alloy used to join two pieces of metal. Solder joints are not as strong as welding joints. Soft, or lead-tin, solders are commonly used for plumbing joints and electrical connections. High temperature, or hard, solders, are used for joining silver, aluminum, and gold.

Synonyms and Related Terms

soudure (Fr.); Lot (Deut.); soldeer (Ned.); solda (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998