(n.) Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
(v. t.) Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam.
(v. t.) The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.
(v. t.) A baser metal mixed with a finer.
(v. t.) Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from; as, no happiness is without alloy.
(v. t.) To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.
(v. t.) To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.
(v. t.) To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.