metal

noun, often attributive
met·​al | \ ˈme-tᵊl How to pronounce metal (audio) \

Definition of metal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides especially : one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy
b : the substance out of which a person or thing is made
3 : glass in its molten state
4a : printing type metal
b : matter set in metal type

metal

verb
metaled or metalled; metaling or metalling

Definition of metal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover or furnish with metal

Examples of metal in a Sentence

Noun a mixture of various kinds of metal sculptors who work in metal and clay a mixture of different metals
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First Known Use of metal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metal

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin metallum mine, metal, from Greek metallon

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The first known use of metal was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

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“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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metal

noun
met·​al | \ ˈme-tᵊl How to pronounce metal (audio) \

Kids Definition of metal

1 : a substance (as gold, tin, copper, or bronze) that has a more or less shiny appearance, is a good conductor of electricity and heat, and usually can be made into a wire or hammered into a thin sheet
2 : mettle

metal

noun
met·​al | \ ˈmet-ᵊl How to pronounce metal (audio) \

Medical Definition of metal

: any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides especially : one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy

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