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

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The good news is, most products on the market did away with lead long ago, but some long-term corrective dyes — like Grecian Formula, which reportedly uses the heavy metal to darken gray hair over time — are still chock full of the stuff. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "The FDA Orders Hair-Dye Companies to Remove Lead From Formulas," 31 Oct. 2018 The heavy metals in the emissions wouldn’t pose a short-term risk to Northport-area residents, but long-term inhalation could increase cancer risks, according to the Department of Ecology. Becky Kramer, The Seattle Times, "EPA won’t test air in Washington state, downwind of B.C. lead smelter," 7 May 2018 The 2017 version of Aftershock, which included the heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne as a headliner, drew a combined weekend attendance of nearly 50,000. Chris Macias, sacbee, "Aftershock unveils two headliners. Why one frontman calls Sacramento a ‘rad city’," 9 Apr. 2018 Exposure to the heavy metal has been linked to behavioral problems and violent crimes later in life. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 Before dinnerware is sold in the US, it must be tested according to this method and found to not have more than the low levels of heavy metals allowed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GHRI Investigates Microwave-Safe Mugs," 28 Sep. 2011 The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence," 18 Sep. 2018 Kind of realizing, after being in the heavy metal scene for a few years at the onset, like, wow, some of these cats are kind of aggressive. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "The Sword Talks Musical Evolution, Tom Petty & the 'Star Wars'/Doom Metal Connection," 13 Mar. 2018 Vapers had similar levels of the heavy metals — except cadmium — as the smokers. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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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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