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 Demand for the metal is expected to boom amid efforts by governments to wean economies off fossil fuels, as well as moves by car makers including General Motors Co. to unveil suites of electric vehicles. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "CME Seeks to Tap Electric-Car Demand With Lithium Futures," 8 Apr. 2021 For sturdier options, look for thicker pans according to the metal's gauge (12- to 18-gauge works well); the lower the number, the thicker the aluminum. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, "Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals," 7 Apr. 2021 The only difference between the two, other than the metal, is the Everose version includes ceramic inserts inside the links for better flexibility. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Rolex Just Unveiled 16 New Watches for 2021, Including a New Daytona and Two Explorers," 7 Apr. 2021 But even this pedal-to-the-metal professional took a deep breath before starting to work with the Chehalem fruit. BostonGlobe.com, "Oregon winemaker turns wildfire-affected grapes into delicious rosé," 6 Apr. 2021 Suggestions ranged from preserving the statues, while adding historical context, to melting them down and using the metal to create ones of civil rights leaders. Washington Post, "Four Confederate statues once stood as Baltimore landmarks. Now their pedestals stand ready to send new messages.," 30 Mar. 2021 Suggestions ranged from bringing the statues back to melting them down and using the metal to create ones of civil rights leaders. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "4 Confederate statues stood as Baltimore landmarks. Now, their pedestals stand ready to send a new message. But what?," 25 Mar. 2021 The flame-resistant metal holds up to 1,000 pounds, so several people can climb down the ladder at once. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 11 Best Ladders for Every Home Project, According to Glowing Reviews," 23 Mar. 2021 Score a point for those that want to get a red sports car and push the pedal to the metal, a dicey notion today but would be a blend-in proposition for our all-the-same color cars scenario. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars Aiming To Change Our Most Favorite Of Car Colors," 20 Mar. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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