Definitions

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

  • n. The science that deals with procedures used in extracting metals from their ores, purifying and alloying metals, and creating useful objects from metals.
  • n. The study of metals and their properties in bulk and at the atomic level.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of metals; their extraction from ores, purification and alloying, heat treatment, and working.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of working metals, comprehending the whole process of separating them from other matters in the ore, smelting, refining, and parting them; sometimes, in a narrower sense, only the process of extracting metals from their ores.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of smelting.

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

  • n. the science and technology of metals

Etymologies

New Latin metallūrgia, from Greek metallourgos, miner, worker in metals : metallon, a mine, metal + -ourgos, -worker (from ergon, work).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μεταλλουργός (matallourgos, "worker in metal"), from μέταλλον (metallon, "metal") + ἔργον (ergon, "work"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A 62-year-old car enthusiast with little interest in metallurgy, Lynch planned to sell it for salvage — until he happened to see a TV documentary about meteorites on the Travel Channel and realized that what he actually had was an approximately-4. 6 million-year-oldrelic from outer space.

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  • The grease thus collected has several applications: in metallurgy, for lubricating machinery, and in pharmaceuticals.

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  • Among the different groups of craftsmen that existed prior to colonization, those who specialized in metallurgy and feather art were considered the true artists and the most important within the larger group of artisans.

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  • Thats why Jim Lloyd who has a degree in metallurgy and worked at ASARCO now works for DEQ as an "Environemntal Engineer" and wanders around the state clueless.

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  • Her scientific development in metallurgy, radar, computers is noteworthy, and her knowledge and understanding of nuclear science has progressed far beyond earlier appraisals.

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  • There is current, I know, the opinion that every technologist in metallurgy, chemistry and physics is capable of carrying on research and achieving success in it.

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  • Commercial radium, the newspapers proclaimed; and radiyte, and radiosole, and argatium, and argyte, and the mysterious golyte (that had proved so valuable in metallurgy).

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  • There were other metals, though the tell-tale etymology of their names in Japanese metallurgy, as in so many other lines of industry and articles of daily use, points to a Chinese origin.

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  • The word metallurgy has a Greek origin: metallon (metal) and ourgia (working).

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  • In 1987, Wang Chuanfu got his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from Central South University, in Changsha.

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