Metal meaning

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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.

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An alloy of two or more metallic elements.
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An object made of metal.
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To cover or surface (a roadbed, for example) with broken stones.
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Molten cast iron.
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Basic character; mettle.
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Molten cast iron.
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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.
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Molten glass, especially when used in glassmaking.
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(printing) Type made of metal.
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(music) Heavy metal.
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Molten material for making glassware.
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(heraldry) Either of the tinctures gold (or) and silver (argent)
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(archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.
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Broken stones used for road surfaces or railroad beds.
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In astronomy, any atom except hydrogen and helium.
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The effective power or calibre of guns carried by a vessel of war.
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(music) Characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars. [1970s and after]
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To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.
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Made of metal.
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To cover or supply with metal.
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An alloy, such as steel or bronze, made of two or more metals.
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Small stones or gravel, mixed with tar to form tarmac for the surfacing of roads.
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(heraldry) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
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Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects.

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(music) A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.
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Any substance or thing consisting of metal.
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Any of a large group of chemical elements, including iron, gold, copper, lead, and magnesium, that readily become cations and form ionic bonds , having relatively free valence electrons (electrons in the outer shells). Metals are generally good conductors of electricity because of the freedom of their valence electrons. Metals generally conduct heat well, and in solid form are relatively malleable and ductile compared to other solids. They are usually shiny and opaque. All metals except mercury are solid at room temperature.
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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.
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Origin of metal

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin metallum from Greek metallon mine, ore, metal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary