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

Chinese vape pens that have the heavy metals in them. Los Angeles Times, "Counterfeit cannabis products stoke black market for California weed," 26 Aug. 2019 Water leaving both these plants is lead-free, the city says, and the pipes that transport it, which are mostly made of iron and steel, do not add the heavy metal. Victor J. Blue For Cnn, CNN, "There's lead in Newark's water. A mom worries her 5-year-old is 'being poisoned'," 17 Aug. 2019 These heavy metals can cause illness and deformities in people and animals. Washington Post, "How clean is the Bronx River? Snapping turtles help scientists figure it out.," 14 Aug. 2019 The heavy metals are escaping partly because the planet is so big and puffy that its gravity is relatively weak. Fox News, "NASA discovers 'extreme' alien planet that's shaped like a football," 2 Aug. 2019 Gilded Age Uganda doesn't mine much gold of its own, but the heavy metal has become its leading export. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished," 18 June 2019 The Ground Zero site contained dust that held heavy metals and asbestos, among other hazards. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Deaths of 9/11 first responders from Ground Zero-related illnesses are on the rise — diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis are just beginning to take their toll," 10 Sep. 2019 There's not much left to say about Klopp's 'heavy metal football' as his style is, pretty much, world-renowned at this point. SI.com, "Joachim Low: 4 Candidates to Replace the World Cup Winning Coach," 8 Sep. 2019 Pioneering Houston heavy metal band from the late ‘80s. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel; 713-225-5483. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: Maná, Chris Young, Kiss," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of heavy metal

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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