Definitions of Platina

  1. A metal of a greyish-white colour, very valuable on account of its hardness, infusibility, and the resistance it offers to the action of air and moisture-it is also ductile, malleable, of great tenacity, and the heaviest of known metals. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for Platina

  1. Beneath the crystal wave's inconstant light Pearls burst their shells to greet the Hero's sight; From opening earth in living lustre shine The various treasures of the blazing mine; Hills cleft before him all their stores unfold, The pale platina and the burning gold; Silver whole mounds, and gems of dazzling ray Illume the rocks and shed the beams of day. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  2. If one square inch of platina be heated to 100 degrees it will fall to, say, zero in one second, whereas, if it was at 200 degrees it would require two seconds. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin