heavy metal

noun

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 metalDavid Okamoto

Examples of heavy metal in a Sentence

He listens to heavy metal. lead, gold, and other heavy metals
Recent Examples on the Web Opponents still fear an accident could allow water containing heavy metals to infiltrate into aquifers that could be connected underground. Trilce Estrada Olvera, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2024 For the study, published June 6 in Food Research International, scientists from Tulane University tested more than a hundred dark and milk chocolate bars sold in the U.S. for levels of heavy metals, including toxic ones like lead and cadmium. Korin Miller, Health, 29 June 2024 Erdahl carefully rinsed and treated the hair before running it through the instrument that measures heavy metals. Ari Daniel, NPR, 27 June 2024 The main risks come from ingesting the heavy metal, such as from produce grown in contaminated soil, or inhaling it when kicked up in dirt and dust particles. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for heavy metal 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Heavy metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20metal. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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