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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Paul was also the drummer for heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul's cause of death revealed," 27 Aug. 2018 That includes heavy metals, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is nicotine actually bad for you?," 10 Aug. 2018 Now, the heavy metal legend has revealed the full extent of the painful and terrifying ordeal in an interview with Rolling Stone. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ozzy Osbourne Underwent Hand Surgery to Treat Multiple Staph Infections: ‘It Was Agony’," 23 Oct. 2018 Burning coal to produce energy leaves behind ash, which contains toxic heavy metals and radioactive material, substances that can lead to cancer and neurological damage. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 The bands who play here are mainly local and fall into the punk, hardcore, and heavy metal scenes. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 The following textile ingredients are also prohibited: toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, GMOs and their enzymes, and azo dyes that release carcinogenic compounds. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 Paul was most recently in the band Hellyeah, a heavy metal supergroup, which includes Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Fans, friends, rockers remember Vinnie Paul during Celebration of Life," 1 July 2018 Paul has spent well over the last decade as the drummer for heavy metal supergroup HELLYEAH. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vinnie Paul, Legendary Metal Band Drummer, Dead at 54," 23 June 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

: a metal that is very dense and heavy

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