What does the word alloy mean?

Usage examples for alloy

  1. " It has been very pleasant to me, also;- but the pleasure has had its alloy. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  2. If, when the gold is rubbed upon this stone, it leaves a reddish mark, it is regarded as a satisfactory proof of its purity; otherwise, there is more or less alloy. – Journal of an African Cruiser by Horatio Bridge

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