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metal

noun, often attributive met·al \ ˈme-tᵊl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of metal

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
2 a : mettle 1a
b : the substance out of which a person or thing is made
3 : glass in its molten state
4 a : printing type metal
b : matter set in metal type
6 : heavy metal 2

Examples of metal in a Sentence

  1. a mixture of various kinds of metal

  2. sculptors who work in metal and clay

  3. a mixture of different metals

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Origin and Etymology of metal

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

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metal

verb

Definition of metal

metaled or metalled; metaling or metalling
transitive verb
: to cover or furnish with metal

First Known Use of metal

1617



METAL Defined for English Language Learners

metal

noun

Definition of metal for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

metal

noun met·al \ ˈme-tᵊl \

Definition of metal for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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