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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Copeland joined other rioters in grabbing a metal fence that was being used as a barricade, according to the documents. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Fifth Utahn charged over alleged involvement in U.S. Capitol riot," 29 Apr. 2021 Police had responded to the area, on Broadway near Second Avenue, for a report of a man striking vehicles with a metal pole. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protesters demand release of video in fatal Escondido police shooting," 28 Apr. 2021 That same morning, police in Southern California got a call about someone hitting cars with a metal pole. Alanna Durkin Richer And Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "A verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours," 24 Apr. 2021 That same morning, police in Southern California got a call about someone hitting cars with a metal pole. Star Tribune, "1 verdict, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours," 24 Apr. 2021 That same morning, police in Southern California got a call about someone hitting cars with a metal pole. BostonGlobe.com, "1 verdict, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours," 24 Apr. 2021 The building was protected by concrete barriers, a tall metal fence, police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers, the Associated Press reported. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Gregg Popovich keeps heat on owners, others who support Donald Trump," 14 Apr. 2021 Hundreds gathered around the building now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence Police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Daunte Wright shooting: Decision on charges for former Brooklyn Center police officer could come Wednesday," 14 Apr. 2021 There won’t be a metal fence that suddenly pops up and prevents the vehicle from proceeding. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars Grappling With Human Drivers That Blow Through Stop Signs," 7 Apr. 2021 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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Time Traveler for metal

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

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5 May 2021

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“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 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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