metallic

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adjective me·tal·lic \ mə-ˈta-lik \

Definition of metallic

1 a :of, relating to, or being a metal
b :made of or containing a metal
c :having properties of a metal
2 :yielding metal
3 :resembling metal: such as
a :having iridescent and reflective properties
  • metallic paint
b :having an acrid quality like that of metal
  • the tea has a metallic taste
4 a :having a harsh resonance :grating
  • a metallic voice
b :having an impersonal or mechanical quality
  • a metallic smile

metallically

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Examples of metallic in a Sentence

  1. We chose a paint with a metallic luster.

  2. The medicine has a metallic taste.

  3. Silver is a metallic element.

  4. the metallic screech of the car's brakes

Recent Examples of metallic from the Web

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First Known Use of metallic

15th century


METALLIC Defined for Kids

metallic

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adjective me·tal·lic \ mə-ˈta-lik \

Definition of metallic for Students

1 :relating to, being, or resembling a metal
  • a metallic color
2 :containing or made of metal
  • metallic objects
3 :having a harsh sound a metallic noise

Medical Dictionary

metallic

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adjective me·tal·lic \ mə-ˈtal-ik \

medical Definition of metallic

1 :of, relating to, or being a metal
2 :made of or containing a metal
3 :having properties of a metal


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