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

  • n. 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.
  • n. An alloy of two or more metallic elements.
  • n. An object made of metal.
  • n. Basic character; mettle.
  • n. Broken stones used for road surfaces or railroad beds.
  • n. Molten glass, especially when used in glassmaking.
  • n. Molten cast iron.
  • n. Printing Type made of metal.
  • n. Music Heavy metal.
  • transitive v. To cover or surface (a roadbed, for example) with broken stones.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
  • n. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
  • n. A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
  • n. Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects
  • n. 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.
  • n. The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.
  • v. To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than acid properties, as contrasted with the nonmetals, or metalloids. No sharp line can be drawn between the metals and nonmetals, and certain elements partake of both acid and basic qualities, as chromium, manganese, bismuth, etc.
  • n. Ore from which a metal is derived; -- so called by miners.
  • n. A mine from which ores are taken.
  • n. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.
  • n. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.
  • n. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.
  • n. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.
  • n. Glass in a state of fusion.
  • n. The rails of a railroad.
  • transitive v. To cover with metal

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put metal on; cover, as roads, with broken stones or metal.
  • An abbreviation of metallurgy.
  • n. An elementary substance, or one which in the present state of chemical science is undecompos able, and which possesses opacity, luster of a peculiar kind (commonly called metallic, because very characteristic of the metals), conductivity for heat and electricity, and plasticity, or capability of being drawn, squeezed, or hammered with change of shape but no loss of continuity.
  • n. In printing and type-founding See type-metal.
  • n. The material of glass, pottery, etc., in a state of fusion.
  • n. plural The rails of a railway.
  • n. In heraldry, one of the two tinctures or and argent—that is, gold and silver.
  • n. Materials for roads; especially, the broken stones used as ballasting on a road-bed or railway.
  • n. The aggregate number, mass, or effective power of the guns carried by a ship of war.
  • n. That of which anything is composed; formative material; hence, constitution; intrinsic quality, as of a person.
  • n. Courage; spirit; mettle. In this sense now always mettle.
  • n. A mine.
  • n. See blue.
  • n. In mining:
  • n. Cast-iron.
  • n. Hard rock; whin or igneous rock.
  • n. plural A general name for coal-bearing strata.
  • n. A metallic alloy used for the production, by casting in iron or brass molds, of cheap ornamental articles to be electroplated, usually consisting of lead and tin hardened by antimony, with occasional addition of other metals.

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

  • n. a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
  • v. cover with metal
  • n. any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  • adj. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal


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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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