AskDefine | Define babbitt

Dictionary Definition

babbitt n : an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; an anti-friction lining for bearings [syn: Babbitt metal] v : line with a Babbitt metal

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To line with babbitt metal to reduce friction.


Extensive Definition

"Babbitt" may refer to:



  • Art Babbitt (1907-1992), an American animator
  • Bruce Babbitt (born 1938), a United States Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton administration
  • Dina Babbitt (born 1923), an American painter
  • Irving Babbitt (1865-1933), an American academic and literary critic.
  • Milton Babbitt (born 1916), an American composer of serial and electronic music
  • Natalie Babbitt (born 1932), an American author and illustrator of children's books, notably Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, and Knee-Knock Rise.



  • Babbitt metal, any of a number of white metal alloys used for bearings
  • "Babbit" is the half-bat, half-rabbit narrator that often transcends the fourth wall in the anime Kodocha
babbitt in German: Babbitt
babbitt in Volapük: Babbitt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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