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

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But e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless and can expose consumers to substances known to damage health, including ultra-fine particles, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and other harmful ingredients. Washington Post, "Lung illness tied to vaping has killed 5 people as new case reports surge," 7 Sep. 2019 But e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless and can expose consumers to substances known to damage health, including ultra-fine particles, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and other harmful ingredients. Anchorage Daily News, "Lung illness tied to vaping has killed five people, may be a new ‘worrisome’ disease, officials say," 7 Sep. 2019 The secondhand impact of the aerosol in e-cigarettes is known to contain all of the same chemicals — the heavy metals, the ultra-fine particles. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "How Dangerous Is Vaping? E-Cigarette Users ‘Should Worry’ About Rise in Lung Illnesses, Says Expert," 6 Sep. 2019 The soils also tend to have little nitrogen, vital for plants, but plenty of toxic heavy metals, such as nickel and chromium. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 Advanced testing, including for metabolism and heavy metals (NutrEval) and food sensitivities, is embraced, alongside genetics, hormone and microbiome checks in order to fully customize long-term plans (some guests stay for months). Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Hollywood-Loved Spas and Clinics Where Stars Seek Secrets to Living Longer," 8 Aug. 2019 The report also points out that regulators have disputed the Navy’s contention that soil toxins are naturally occurring, and that industrial chemicals, heavy metals and radioactivity still linger at the site. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Navy altered Hunters Point cleanup to cover, not remove, toxic soil," 14 Aug. 2019 The 1994 iteration had muddy mosh pits and rageful heavy metal. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Woodstock Can Never Happen Again," 6 Aug. 2019 Golf balls are covered in plastic, with rubber and resin cores that often contain petroleum byproducts, zinc and heavy metals. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "Plastics pollution? Course urged golfers to hit balls into Lake Michigan," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of heavy metal

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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