Verb babbitt Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To line with Babbitt metal to reduce friction.

More definition:

1.Babbitt metal.

2.a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.

3.pertaining to or made of Babbitt metal. line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.

1.Irving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.

2.Milton Byron, 1916–2011, U.S. composer.

3.(italics) a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.

4.(often lowercase) a self-satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and ideals, especially of business and material success; Philistine, from the main character in the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

1. (transitive) to line (a bearing) or face (a surface) with Babbitt metal or a similar soft alloy Babbitt /ˈbæbɪt/ noun
1. (US, derogatory) a narrow-minded and complacent member of the middle class Derived FormsBabbittry, noun Word OriginC20, after George Babbitt, central character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair LewisCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"conventional, complacent, materialistic American businessman," 1923, from George Babbitt, title character of Sinclair Lewis' novel (1922).His name was George F. Babbitt. He was forty-six years old now, in April 1920, and he made nothing in particular, neither butter nor shoes nor poetry, but he was nimble in the selling of houses for more money than people could afford to pay. [Sinclair Lewis, "Babbitt," 1922]


Of this class an example is "Babbitt's metal," invented by Isaac Babbitt (1799-1862); it originally consisted of 24 parts of tin, 8 parts of antimony and 4 parts of copper, but in later compositions for the same purpose the proportion of tin is often considerably higher.

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