plumbing solder

Gabriel Aparta

Senior Member
Español - Venezuela
Hi, please, from Dracula by Bram Stoker:

First he took out a soldering iron and some plumbing solder

What is that? It's something that Van Helsing is going to use, he is about to open a leaden coffin.

  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
    sol•der /ˈsɑdɚ/ n. [uncountable]
    1. Building, Metallurgy a soft, metallic substance that is melted and applied to a point where metal objects meet, in order to unite them without heating the objects to the melting point.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Usually solder would be used for joining things, not separating them. Is the coffin being opened or closed (sealed)?
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