- The definition of metal is any of the elements with a positive electrical charge, typically with a shiny surface and a good conductor of heat.
An example of metal is gold.
Gold is an example of a metal.
- any of a class of chemical elements, as iron, gold, or aluminum, generally characterized by ductility, malleability, luster, and conductivity of heat and electricity: these elements act as cations in chemical reactions, form bases with the hydroxyl radical, and can replace the hydrogen of an acid to form a salt
- an alloy of such elements, as brass or bronze
- any substance or thing consisting of metal
- material or substance of which someone or something is made; stuff
- molten cast iron
- molten material for making glassware
- heavy metal
- Chiefly Brit. road metal
- Heraldry either of the tinctures gold (or) and silver (argent)
- type metal
- composed type
Origin of metalOld French ; from Classical Latin metallum, metal, mine, quarry ; from Classical Greek metallon, mine, quarry
- Any of a category of electropositive elements that usually have a shiny surface, are generally good conductors of heat and electricity, and can be melted or fused, hammered into thin sheets, or drawn into wires. Typical metals form salts with nonmetals, basic oxides with oxygen, and alloys with one another.
- An alloy of two or more metallic elements.
- An object made of metal.
- Basic character; mettle.
- Broken stones used for road surfaces or railroad beds.
- Molten glass, especially when used in glassmaking.
- Molten cast iron.
- Printing Type made of metal.
- Music Heavy metal.
transitive verbmet·aled, met·al·ing, met·als also met·alled or met·al·ling
Origin of metalMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin metallum, from Greek metallon, mine, ore, metal.
(countable and uncountable, plural metals)
- Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
- Any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.
- Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
- (astronomy) Any element other than hydrogen and helium, or sometimes other than hydrogen.
- Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
- (mining) The ore from which a metal is derived.
- (any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms): nonmetal
(comparative more metal, superlative most metal)
- (music) Characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars. [1970s and after]
(third-person singular simple present metals, present participle metalling, simple past and past participle metalled)
From Middle English, from Old French metal (“metal”), from Latin metallum (“metal, mine, quarry, mineral”), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, “mine, quarry, metal”), from μέταλλευειν (métalleuein, “to mine, quarry”), of unknown origin, but apparently related to μέταλλαν (métallan, “to seek after”), also of unknown origin.