noun \ˈme-təl-ˌər-jē, especially British mə-ˈta-lər-\

: a science that deals with the nature and uses of metal

Full Definition of METALLURGY

:  the science and technology of metals
met·al·lur·gi·cal \ˌme-təl-ˈər-ji-kəl\ adjective
met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
met·al·lur·gist \ˈme-təl-ˌər-jist, especially British mə-ˈta-lər-\ noun


New Latin metallurgia, from metall- + -urgia -urgy
First Known Use: 1665

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Art and science of extracting metals from their ores and modifying the metals for use. Metallurgy usually refers to commercial rather than laboratory methods. It also concerns the chemical, physical, and atomic properties and structures of metals and the principles by which metals are combined to form alloys. Metals are extracted from crude ore in two phases, mineral processing (also known as ore dressing) and process metallurgy. In mineral processing, the ore is broken down to isolate the desired metallic elements from the crude ore. In process metallurgy, the resulting minerals are reduced to metal, alloyed, and made available for use. See also blast furnace; powder metallurgy; smelting.


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