from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a metal.
  • adjective Containing a metal.
  • adjective Having a quality suggesting or associated with metal, especially.
  • adjective Lustrous; sparkling.
  • adjective Sharp-tasting.
  • adjective Harshly resonant.
  • noun A yarn or fiber made of, containing, or resembling metal.
  • noun A fabric, typically shiny or iridescent, made of such yarn or fiber.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a metal; of the nature of metal; resembling metal
  • adjective (Chem.) 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.
  • adjective iron in the state of the metal, as distinquished from its ores, as magnetic iron.
  • adjective paper covered with a thin solution of lime, whiting, and size. When written upon with a pewter or brass pencil, the lines can hardly be effaced.
  • adjective (Med.) a sound heard in the chest, when a cavity communicating with the air passages contains both air and liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal
  • adjective containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  • noun a yarn made partly or entirely of metal


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


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