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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The work offers the first scientific evidence of sound-producing artifacts in South Africa from the Stone Age, a period ending some 2,000 years ago with the introduction of metalworking. Sarah Wild, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2020 Thompson believes that these increases seen in the South American ice cap, especially in lead, show the first impact of colonial metalworking activity. Sarah Kollmorgen, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2016 The immigrants from Ireland and Italy who were expert woodworkers gave way to those from Eastern European countries such as Ukraine and Russia whose expertise was in metalworking. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 While prisoners once obtained woodworking, metalworking, upholstery and other useful skills working at the ACI’s manufacturing shops, an increasing number were now farmed out to private companies, often at the expense of their health. The Arizona Republic, 18 July 2022 Companies in attendance include those involved with agriculture, construction, medical devices, food and beverage, metalworking and many more. John Hayes, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The Amesbury Archer, interred near Stonehenge around the time the bluestones were arranged, was buried with some of the earliest copper goods yet found in Britain, including metalworking tools, knives and arrowheads. Dominic Green, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 The company makes tools for uses including metalworking, woodworking, pneumatic, gardening and in the household. Manuel Baigorri,, 28 Mar. 2022 Located in Rendlesham, Suffolk, just three miles from the burial ship, this new find includes pit-like foundations likely used for the production of crafts, such as weaving and metalworking, some 1,400 years ago. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metalworking was in 1855

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“Metalworking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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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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