Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a metal.
  • adj. Containing a metal: a metallic compound.
  • adj. Having a quality suggesting or associated with metal, especially:
  • adj. Lustrous; sparkling: metallic colors.
  • adj. Sharp-tasting: an unpleasant, metallic flavor.
  • adj. Harshly resonant: "the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades” ( Ambrose Bierce).
  • n. A yarn or fiber made of or containing metal.
  • n. A fabric, typically shiny or iridescent, made of such yarn or fiber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made of, appearing to be made of, resembling, or related to metal.
  • n. A metallic color

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a metal; of the nature of metal; resembling metal
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, the essential and implied properties of a metal, as contrasted with a nonmetal or metalloid; conductive of electricity; basic; forming positive ions in solution; antacid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or having the characters of a metal; made up of metal or of an alloy.
  • Characteristic of a metal: as, a metallic luster.
  • Having one or more properties resembling those of metals: as, a metallic voice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal
  • adj. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  • n. a yarn made partly or entirely of metal

Etymologies

From Latin metallicus, from metallum ("metal"). (Wiktionary)

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