heavy metal


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 Measuring 19 inches in diameter and weighing 26.8 pounds, the bronze and stainless steel trophy is heavy metal indeed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2021 Interrogators at Guantánamo Bay also notably blasted heavy metal as a technique to break down prisoners. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 The Ramones’ impact also stretched to other genres such as heavy metal, power pop and indie rock. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 The band’s repertoire is diverse, and genres include Americana, contemporary rock, country, heavy metal, jazz, salsa, pop and funk. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 The core of a quantum dot is typically composed of a heavy metal, such as cadmium selenium or cadmium telluride, although more recently quantum dots made from other materials are also possible. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The Mexican acoustic guitar duo that blends flamenco with heavy metal, jazz and everything in between brings blazing-fast fingers and pulse-pounding rhythms back for a pair of shows. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Irwin and Walker had done their homework, getting into the weeds of robot design and strategy with guest experts, while amping up the drama whenever possible over a soundtrack of heavy metal. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 How many classic musicals kick off with a sound and atmosphere worthy of heavy metal? New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of heavy metal

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heavy metal was in 1864

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1 Dec 2021

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“Heavy metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20metal. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heavy metal

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

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