Definition of metal
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
2a : mettle 1ab : the substance out of which a person or thing is made
3 : glass in its molten state
4a : printing type metalb : matter set in metal type
5 : road metal
6 : heavy metal 2
Examples of metal in a Sentence
a mixture of various kinds of metal
sculptors who work in metal and clay
a mixture of different metals
Recent Examples of metal from the Web
No plans for permanent or temporary metal detectors have been announced.
Metal detectors will be placed outside the perimeter of Marlins Park to create a wider safe zone.
On Monday, the metal fell the most since November as equities and bond yields rallied, before North Korea’s launch of what the U.S. says is an intercontinental ballistic missile sparked a small rebound.
The old metal sign from outside had been salvaged and now hung on a wall inside.
Attorneys for those injured by the inflators worry that $125 million won’t be enough to fairly compensate victims, many of whom have serious facial injuries from metal shrapnel.
Airbag Recalls Quick Q&A: What Takata’s Bankruptcy Means for Airbag Recalls Takata’s products, which can malfunction sending shards of metal at drivers and passengers, have been linked to at least 17 deaths worldwide.
There’s also a massive, metal, tent-like aviary structure, stretched overhead by tension across 2 acres.
Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente see four underpasses at Northwest 20th, 29th, 32nd and 35th streets as giant canvases for outdoor art, perfectly suited for a transformation from gun-metal gray walls into murals and abstract paintings.
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Origin and Etymology of metal
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin metallum mine, metal, from Greek metallon
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of metal
: to cover or furnish with metal
First Known Use of metal
METAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of metal for English Language Learners
: 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
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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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