met·​al·​lur·​gy | \ˈme-tᵊl-ˌər-jē, especially British mə-ˈta-lə-\

Definition of metallurgy 

: the science and technology of metals

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Other Words from metallurgy

metallurgical \ˌme-​tᵊl-​ˈər-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
metallurgically \-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
metallurgist \ˈme-​tᵊl-​ˌər-​jist, especially British mə-​ˈta-​lər-​ \ noun

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The Philosopher’s Stone The alchemists’ quest for gold wasn’t just about metallurgy, though. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 Stainless Steel The composition of knives parallels the history of metallurgy: copper, bronze, iron, steel. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 The new Air weighs a quarter of a pound less than the previous one, comes in new colors, and, thanks to Apple’s metallurgy team, is now made entirely of recycled aluminum, which Brooklyn loved and cheered over for a full 30 seconds. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Silicon Valley brings its “humanist,” “minimalist” aesthetic to Brooklyn.," 31 Oct. 2018 Its most valuable tool was basic research: Bell’s scientists spent years probing the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, magnetism, and more in their search for discoveries that could be monetized. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 The deal to sell its powder-metallurgy business would transform GKN into a pure-play aerospace business focused on supplying airframe and engine housing structures to Boeing Co. and Airbus., "GKN's Rival Suitors Offer Incentives in Race to Woo Shareholders," 16 Apr. 2018 The gun industry’s influence extended beyond metallurgy into other central industries in the Industrial Revolution narrative. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "A System in Denial," 16 Apr. 2018 McNulty, for instance, worked in metallurgy and materials science previously. Matthew Francis, Ars Technica, "“Life, uh, finds a way”—Applying lessons from evolution to go to Mars," 26 Jan. 2018 However, researchers only recently conducted metallurgy tests on the gun part to confirm its age. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A 500-Year-Old Spanish Pistol Part Was Discovered in Colorado," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of metallurgy

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metallurgy

New Latin metallurgia, from metall- + -urgia -urgy

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English Language Learners Definition of metallurgy

: a science that deals with the nature and uses of metal


met·​al·​lur·​gy | \ˈme-tᵊl-ˌər-jē \

Kids Definition of metallurgy

: the science of obtaining metals from their ores and preparing them for use

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