metal

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noun

met·​al ˈme-tᵊl How to pronounce metal (audio)
often attributive
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: 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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: the substance out of which a person or thing is made
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: glass in its molten state
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: printing type metal
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: matter set in metal type
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metal

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verb

metaled or metalled; metaling or metalling

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Verb
The researchers adjusted the mixtures’ acidity and temperature to alter the charge of sugar molecules on the yeast organisms’ surfaces; particular metals are drawn to specific charges on the sugars, so this process controlled which metals the yeast attracted and bound. Riis Williams, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 Masks, for instance, have metal nose clips, polypropylene filters and elastic headbands. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 7 Mar. 2022 See all Example Sentences for metal 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1617, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

metal

noun
met·​al
ˈmet-ᵊl
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: any of various substances (as gold, tin, or copper) that have a more or less shiny appearance, are good conductors of electricity and heat, can be melted, and are usually capable of being shaped
especially : one that is a chemical element rather than an alloy
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metal adjective

Medical Definition

metal

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