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 The simplest of these is probably to use an electrode that's lithium metal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could “disordered rock salts” bring order to next-gen lithium batteries?," 4 Sep. 2020 After a brief pursuit, McMahon said Foster grabbed his metal flashlight and tried to strike him during a physical altercation, prompting him to open fire. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Family of man killed by Vallejo police to receive $5.7M," 4 Sep. 2020 The island base is metal, and the countertops are soapstone. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Modern lake home in Mahtomedi blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors," 4 Sep. 2020 The French welcome the character of aged wood, chipped paint, and burnished metal. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Simple Ways to Add French Style to Your Home," 31 Aug. 2020 Many analysts think that $3 copper incentivizes miners to pursue longer-term projects to extract metal. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Prices Rise Above $3 Amid Growth Hopes," 19 Aug. 2020 Available in seven colors, the frames are sturdy metal and the lenses are non-polarized plastic. Popular Science, "Affordable and stylish sunglasses for every occasion," 17 Aug. 2020 Did Randy applaud or spit in disgust when Monty finally successfully detached metal from screw? Nicole Walker, Longreads, "(Who Gets to) Just Up and Move," 10 Aug. 2020 This sounds a little dangerous, considering you aren't supposed to put metal inside a microwave. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Kettle or Microwave? For the Best Tea, Science Says Make It This Way," 6 Aug. 2020 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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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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metal

noun
How to pronounce metal (audio)

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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