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1metal

noun, met·al often attributive \ˈme-təl\

: a substance (such as gold, tin, or copper) that usually has a shiny appearance, is a good conductor of electricity and heat, can be melted, and is usually capable of being shaped

Full Definition of METAL

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:  any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides; especially :  one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy
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a :  mettle 1a
b :  the substance out of which a person or thing is made
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:  glass in its molten state
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a :  printing type metal
b :  matter set in metal type
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Examples of METAL

  1. a mixture of various kinds of metal
  2. sculptors who work in metal and clay
  3. a mixture of different metals

Origin of METAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin metallum mine, metal, from Greek metallon
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

Rhymes with METAL

2metal

verb
metaled or metalledmetal·ing or metal·ling

Definition of METAL

transitive verb
:  to cover or furnish with metal

First Known Use of METAL

1617

Rhymes with METAL

metal

noun met·al \ˈmet-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of METAL

:  any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides; especially :  one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy

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