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

Exploding artillery shells burst in the treetops, spraying metal down on them like rain. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky vet captured during D-Day invasion 75 years ago to receive France's highest honor," 29 May 2019 The people in the village live the viking lifestyle and do everything the way the vikings did—from spinning their own yarn and making their own bread to hammering out metal in their on-site blacksmithing shop. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Flåm, Norway," 25 May 2019 The house feels playful throughout with vibrant paint jobs and industrial touches like concrete floors, concrete block walls, dangling mismatched pendant lamps, and a metal built-in bookshelf. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Colorful modern farmhouse asks $700K," 14 Aug. 2018 Even microscopic changes, from air pressure to the metal that has defined a kilogram, could have large implications. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the World's Measuring Systems Just Changed—and What It Means," 20 May 2019 The increase from 10% hits thousands of Chinese products in categories as disparate as seafood, metals and machinery. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Escalating U.S.-China Trade Fight Stings Companies World-Wide," 10 May 2019 Also, avoid high and open areas (like boulders or fields), tall objects like trees, bodies of water, and metal. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 For instance, the shimmery Las Vegas lipstick has #metal embossed on top. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sephora’s New Lip Stories Lipsticks Are Inspired by the Most Popular Cities in America," 24 Apr. 2019 Milk paint is typically used on walls, furniture, woodwork, and metal. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019

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

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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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