met·​al·​work·​ing ˈme-tᵊl-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce metalworking (audio)
: the act or process of shaping things out of metal

Examples of metalworking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take a look → Mysterious wooden train car — almost 100 years old — unearthed in Belgium, photos show The 1,900-year-old Roman ruins included several furnaces used for processing iron ore and other evidence of ancient metalworking, archaeologists said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Dickinson fell in love with swords and fencing around age 14, while attending an English boarding school and studying metalworking. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024 The Jokowi administration banned nickel ore exports in January 2020 to encourage investment in its domestic metalworking industry. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 15 Feb. 2024 Archaeologists don’t yet know the age of these metalworking remnants, as the analysis is ongoing. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 Dating back some 2,700 years, the discovery sheds new light on the beginning of the region’s rich metalworking history. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 According to research compiled by the museum, the wafer-thin object (measuring just 0.016 inches thick) was crafted from an alloy composed of 90 percent gold, 5 percent silver and 5 percent copper and shaped via metalworking techniques common among many ancient Andean cultures at the time. Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 That’s not to say that the discovery of gunpowder and metalworking automatically advanced weapons development. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2023 The same shopper also uses the gloves for woodworking and metalworking, too. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metalworking was in 1855

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“Metalworking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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met·​al·​work·​ing ˈmet-ᵊl-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce metalworking (audio)
: the act or process of shaping things out of metal

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