a : of, relating to, or being a metal
b : made of or containing a metal
c : having properties of a metal
: resembling metal: as
a : having iridescent and reflective properties <metallic paint>
b : having an acrid quality like that of metal <the tea has a metallic taste>
a : having a harsh resonance : grating <a metallic voice>
b : having an impersonal or mechanical quality <a metallic smile>
— me·tal·li·cal·ly \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of METALLIC
- We chose a paint with a metallic luster.
- The medicine has a metallic taste.
- Silver is a metallic element.
- the metallic screech of the car's brakes
First Known Use of METALLIC
: relating to, being, or resembling a metal <a metallic color>
: containing or made of metal <metallic objects>
: having a harsh sound <a metallic noise>
: of, relating to, or being a metal
: made of or containing a metal
: having properties of a metal
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