metal

noun, often attributive
met·​al | \ ˈme-tᵊl \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Weak readings like that one tend to hurt copper and other industrial metals because they are widely used in construction and manufacturing. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Copper Slumps on Weak Chinese Economic Data," 31 Dec. 2018 The facility also accepts contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, cadmium and other metals. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast," 20 Nov. 2018 The sanctions already reimposed target Iranian trade in automobiles, gold and other key metals. Gregg Re, Fox News, "John Bolton warns Iran 'there will be hell to pay' if aggression continues: 'We will come after you'," 25 Sep. 2018 Even the extraction of precious metals has proved hard for companies to capitalize on. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 Replacing the sodium with other metals change the color. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 The camera that caught Alzahab’s eye is indeed a curiosity: 30 pounds of copper, titanium, steel, gold and other metals welded together into a box that makes pictures by admitting only a pinhole of light. Wayne Martin Belger, Smithsonian, "Pushed to the Margins, These Brave People Are Pushing Back," 27 June 2018 The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that over a three year period there were 28,000 claims for theft of industrial metals -- 98% of which was copper. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Thief electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wire from light pole," 22 June 2018 At Alta, the steel mill in Edmonton, the metals tariffs delivered an immediate crisis. Peter S. Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "With a trade war possible, global economy already feels the effect," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The silicone holder attaches to metal vehicle surfaces (don’t try it on aluminum or fiberglass). Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "What’s shaking in dog- and cat-product innovations? | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018

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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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metal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of metal

: a substance (such as gold, tin, or copper) that usually has a shiny appearance, is a good conductor of electricity and heat, can be melted, and is usually capable of being shaped

metal

noun
met·​al | \ ˈme-tᵊl \

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 \

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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