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

Phoenix’s Okilly Dokilly is the world’s only metal — make that nedal — band. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Music: Bad Bunny, Van Morrison, Blind Boys of Alabama and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Now growing demand for metals from ethical sources could spark a revival in one of Britain's most deprived regions. Lauren Kent And Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Britain's last tin mine could reopen as tech companies chase ethical metals," 13 Sep. 2019 Companies hoping to extract those metals from the seabed are focusing first on abyssal plains. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes are filled with metals like lead, as well as chemicals used for flavoring that are known to cause cancer or lung disease. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "After a 6th death related to a mystery vaping illness, here are 5 things to know about the e-cigarette trend and the current health scare," 11 Sep. 2019 According to The New Straits Times the home fans also threw bottles, flares and pieces of metal from the upper section of the stadium onto Malaysian fans. SI.com, "Indonesian Government Apologises to Malaysia After Fan Clash Overshadows World Cup Qualifier," 8 Sep. 2019 Keselowski's only option was to climb out of the driver's side netting, tumbling to the ground directly below the machine's twisted metal. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Brad Keselowski calls IMS safety into question after crash into tire barrier," 8 Sep. 2019 The tower, which has a spiral staircase to reach its Fresnel lens and exterior walkway, was encased in metal in 1902 after the brick began to deteriorate due to exposure to the elements. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To get to the 150-year-old Cana Island Lighthouse, you have to ride a wagon through Lake Michigan," 6 Sep. 2019 But in 2001 the building was padlocked after large chunks of cast-iron metal bracing fell to the ground. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "$9 million restoration OK’d for historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse on San Mateo County coast," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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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