heavy metal definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- any metal or alloy having a specific gravity greater than 5.0
- a form of rock music characterized by very loud amplification, electronic distortion, throbbing rhythms, shouted lyrics, etc.
heavy metal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A metal with a specific gravity greater than about 5.0, especially one that is poisonous, such as lead or mercury.
- Music Very loud, brash rock music, often with shouted, violent lyrics.
heavy metal - Computer Definition
- Also known as big iron. The colloquial term for early generations of mainframe computers, PBXs, and central offices (COs). Prior to the advent of electronic common control (ECC) and miniaturized semiconductor circuitry, such systems contained a lot of metal and were quite heavy, indeed. Fans of heavy metal are known as old computer guys. See also forklift upgrade and mainframe computer.
- A subgenre of really loud rock music dominated by really loud drums and really loud guitars, strong really loud rhythms, and a really loud bluesy style played by really loud bands like Iron Butterfly, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica. Fans of heavy metal are known as head bangers and metalheads.