met·​al·​lur·​gy ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jē How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
 especially British  mə-ˈta-lə-
: the science and technology of metals
metallurgical adjective
metallurgically adverb
ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jist How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
 especially British  mə-ˈta-lər-

Examples of metallurgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, this option was ruled out as there was no other evidence of metallurgy. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 Made with proprietary powdered metallurgy steel, the blade is resistant to chipping and easier to resharpen than the lower-quality steel used in most budget knives. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 According to Scarlett, recent scholarship suggests the area’s prehistoric residents excavated copper from shallow pits (Central itself was built on one such ancient site) and practiced metallurgy, essentially using fire to heat copper and then shaping it with handheld tools. John Hanc, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 Before the war, the company was Ukraine’s largest metallurgy group but had no involvement in arms manufacture, according to a representative of the company who asked to remain anonymous. Melissa Bell, CNN, 11 Sep. 2023 The newcomers had domesticated horses and new forms of metallurgy and were probably warlike, but still the large-scale population changeover has puzzled scientists because the European groups had done well for centuries. James P. Close, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2020 Born in the eastern province of Jiangsu, Ding studied metallurgy at the Northeastern Institute of Heavy Machinery. Laura He, CNN, 1 Mar. 2023 While smoke-belching steel, iron and metallurgy plants lend Mariupol’s industrial zone a dystopian air, the city — a lively metropolis with distinctive architectural features imparted by past waves of Greek immigration — remains economically important as well as strategically significant. Nils Adler, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Stick-and-poke tattooing, backyard metallurgy, drag racing (either kind), BASE jumping? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metallurgy was in 1665

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“Metallurgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


met·​al·​lur·​gy ˈmet-ᵊl-ˌər-jē How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
: the science of obtaining metals from their ores and preparing them for use
metallurgical adjective
metallurgist noun

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