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metal

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noun, often attributive met·al \ˈme-təl\

Definition of metal

  1. 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. 2 a :  mettle 1a b :  the substance out of which a person or thing is made

  3. 3 :  glass in its molten state

  4. 4 a :  printing type metal b :  matter set in metal type

  5. 5 :  road metal

  6. 6 :  heavy metal

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

Origin and Etymology of metal

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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metal

verb met·al

Definition of metal

metaled

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metalled

metaling

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metalling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover or furnish with metal

1617

First Known Use of metal

1617



METAL Defined for English Language Learners

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metal

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noun, often attributive met·al \ˈme-təl\

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

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noun met·al \ˈme-təl\

Definition of metal for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  mettle


Medical Dictionary

metal

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noun met·al \ˈmet-əl\

Medical 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


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