heavy metal

noun

Definition of heavy metal

1 : a metal of high specific gravity
2 : energetic and highly amplified electronic rock music having a hard beat Borrowing elements of everything from grunge to progressive rock, from gospel to heavy metal— David Okamoto

Examples of heavy metal in a Sentence

He listens to heavy metal. lead, gold, and other heavy metals
Recent Examples on the Web Genrefication in the music world can involve fierce debates over whether an act’s art could be defined as — or confined — to such terms as heavy metal, alternative, deep house or trap. NBC News, "Is the Weeknd pop, R&B or hip-hop? Why the distinction matters at the Grammys," 2 Oct. 2020 As the frontman of heavy metal band Slipknot for more than two decades, Taylor has performed in a wide array of the group's signature, frequently terrifying masks. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'I'm not a brooding 20-year-old anymore': Slipknot's Corey Taylor talks first solo album 'CMFT'," 1 Oct. 2020 In our own universe, teenagers obsess over mortality in all sorts of ways: heavy metal, supernatural chic, mega-kill video games, the flawed adolescent conviction that Punisher rules. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Walking Dead: World Beyond is already stumbling toward a quick conclusion: Review," 29 Sep. 2020 The music was a sludgy mix of punk, heavy metal, and Hendrix distortion. Katie Attardo, Marie Claire, "Dr. Martens and Marc Jacobs Just Teamed Up to Make a New Boot," 28 Sep. 2020 Rat babies may sound like a bad heavy metal act, but rat pups sounds even weirder. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "S.A.’s Common Critters: Learning to love the common house rat — or at least hate it a little less," 15 Sep. 2020 Opponents say that the type of mining Twin Metals wants to do results in heavy metal runoff that would cause irreparable damage to the BWCAW’s lakes and rivers. Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic, "A pristine American backcountry faces down an environmental crisis," 2 Sep. 2020 Dava Nasr, a professional musician whose credits include a heavy metal band, Star & Dagger, has felt comparatively blocked. New York Times, "They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.," 25 Sep. 2020 Language tapes over your home's speakers, like heavy metal outside an embassy in Panama? The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (September 11)," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of heavy metal

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2020

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“Heavy metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20metal. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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heavy metal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heavy metal

: a type of loud rock music that has a strong beat
technical : a metal that is very dense and heavy

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