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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All fireplace screens must be made of a fireproof material, which is why nearly all are metal. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best fireplace screen," 23 Dec. 2020 The original clock hands were lead, a soft metal prone to bending and breaking, so Vaughn said he is used to making replacement hands. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Plymouth man’s handmade Christmas ornaments celebrate Connecticut’s clockmaking past," 19 Dec. 2020 Different from modern dispensers, the first character PEZ dispensers had full-body designs, with a full red suit for Santa Claus and all the metal-looking nuts and bolts on the robot. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How PEZ Evolved From an Anti-Smoking Tool to a Beloved Collector’s Item," 15 Dec. 2020 This metal hanging planter from Dayne has space for three plants to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside your home. NBC News, "Best gardening gift ideas 2020: Guide to gifts for gardeners," 9 Dec. 2020 This is a misnomer, since the -lith part of monolith means stone—this thing is metal. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why We Love the Monolith," 3 Dec. 2020 The real Joe Biden, then vice-president, was a teetotaling and avuncular elder statesman, not a hair-metal-loving party animal. The Economist, "The president-elect lacks a silver tongue. That may be an asset," 28 Nov. 2020 Hawkins slipped a metal X-shaped lug wrench over his scale hook and suspended himself for a moment. Los Angeles Times, "Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts," 27 Nov. 2020 In its meeting minutes, the City ABR panel noted that the main entry doors -- there will also be interior seating, along with a patio fronting Lennox Road across from Starbucks -- would be made of metal matching the rest of the building. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights in fast lane for drive-thru Chipotle at Cedar-Fairmount," 15 Dec. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'metal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about metal

Time Traveler for metal

Time Traveler

The first known use of metal was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for metal

Last Updated

30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for metal

metal

noun
How to pronounce metal (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on metal

What made you want to look up metal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!