Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

metal

play
noun met·al \ˈme-təl\

Simple Definition of metal

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 a :  mettle 1a b :  the substance out of which a person or thing is made

  3. 3 :  glass in its molten state

  4. 4 a :  printing type metal b :  matter set in metal type

  5. 5 :  road metal

  6. 6 :  heavy metal

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

Rhymes with metal


2

metal

verb met·al

Definition of metal

metaled or metalledmetal·ing or metal·ling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover or furnish with metal



1617

First Known Use of metal

1617


Medical Dictionary

metal

play
noun met·al \ˈmet-əl\

Medical Definition of metal

  1. :  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





Learn More about metal


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up metal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ