What does metal mean?

Definitions for metal
ˈmɛt lmet·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word metal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. metallic element, metalnoun

    any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

  2. alloy, metaladjective

    a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten

    "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"

  3. metallic, metal(a)verb

    containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

    "a metallic compound"; "metallic luster"; "the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce

  4. metalverb

    cover with metal

Wiktionary

  1. metalnoun

    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.

  2. metalnoun

    Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.

  3. metalnoun

    Any element other than hydrogen and helium, or sometimes other than hydrogen.

  4. metalnoun

    Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.

  5. metalnoun

    A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.

  6. metalnoun

    Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects

  7. metalnoun

    A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) categorised by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.

  8. metalverb

    To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metalnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  2. Metalnoun

    ore from which a metal is derived; -- so called by miners

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  3. Metalnoun

    a mine from which ores are taken

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  4. Metalnoun

    the substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  5. Metalnoun

    courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  6. Metalnoun

    the broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  7. Metalnoun

    the effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  8. Metalnoun

    glass in a state of fusion

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  9. Metalnoun

    the rails of a railroad

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

  10. Metalverb

    to cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a road

    Etymology: [F. mtal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr. mine; cf. Gr. to search after. Cf. Mettle, Medal.]

Freebase

  1. Metal

    A metal is an element, compound, or alloy that is a good conductor of both electricity and heat. Metals are usually shiny, malleable and ductile. The meaning of the term "metal" differs for various communities. Many elements and compounds that are not normally classified as metals become metallic under high pressures

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Metal

    met′al, n. an opaque substance, possessing a peculiar lustre, fusibility, conductivity for heat and electricity, &c., such as gold, &c.: courage or spirit (now spelt mettle): intrinsic quality: the number and power of guns carried by a ship-of-war: broken stones used for macadamised roads: (pl.) the rails of a railroad.—v.t. to put metal on, as a road.—n. Metalic′ity.—adjs. Met′alled, covered with metal, as a road; Metal′lic, pertaining to, or like, a metal: consisting of metal.—adv. Metal′lically.—adjs. Metallif′erous, producing or yielding metals; Metal′liform, having the form of metals: like metal; Met′alline, pertaining to a metal: consisting of, or mixed with, metal.—ns. Met′alling, road-metal, broken stones; Metallisā′tion.—v.t. Met′allise, to form into metal: to give to a substance its metallic properties.—ns. Met′allist, a worker in metals: one who is skilled in metals: an advocate of the use of metal as currency; Metal′lograph, a print produced by metallographic process.—adj. Metallograph′icns. Metallog′raphist; Metallog′raphy, an account or description of metals: a process for utilising metal plates in a manner similar to lithographic stones: a process of imitating the grain of wood on metals; Met′alloid, one of the metallic bases of the fixed alkalies and alkaline earths: any of the elements which are non-metallic in the chemical sense of being able to replace hydrogen in an acid, and thus forming a salt: one of the inflammable non-metallic elements (sulphur, phosphorus, &c.).—adjs. Met′alloid, Metalloid′al, pertaining to, or of the nature of, the metalloids.—ns. Metal′lophone, a kind of piano, having graduated metal bars in place of strings: a musical instrument, differing from the xylophone in having metal instead of wooden bars; Met′allotherapy, the treatment of disease by the external application of metals.—Metallic oxide, a compound of metal and oxygen; Metallic salts, salts having a metal or metallic oxide for base.—Base metals, lead, zinc, copper, iron; Fusible metal, a metallic alloy that fuses at a very low temperature—usually of lead, tin, and bismuth; Light metals, those whose specific gravity is less than 5; Noble, or Perfect, metals, gold, silver, platinum, so called because they keep their lustre when exposed to the air. [Fr.,—L. metallum—Gr. metallon, a mine, a metal.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. metal

    A word comprehending the great guns, or ordnance generally, of a ship or battery.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. metal

    Broken stone, etc., used as a road cover.

  2. metal

    In heraldry, the metals in use are gold and silver, known as or and argent. The field of the escutcheon and the charges which it bears may be of metal as well as of color. It is a rule of blazon that metal should not be placed on metal, or color on color.

Editors Contribution

  1. metal

    A type of material.

    Metal is a materialand suitable for many purposes

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2295

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2011

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metal' in Nouns Frequency: #828

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of metal in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Hoover:

    Engineering is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege.

  2. Kurt Cobain:

    I was looking for something a lot heavier, yet melodic at the same time. Something different from heavy metal, a different attitude.

  3. Evan Longoria:

    Well, theres a couple of pieces of metal, right? You get a ring, too. Thats a big piece of metal, i think everybody that plays the game knows its not just a piece of metal. Its the blood, sweat and tears that go into the, whatever, 175 games or whatever it is that it takes to win a World Series. The sacrifices. I dont know if he said that to make a funny or what, but its obviously representative of something much bigger than that.

  4. Hugh Willmott:

    Our findings have demonstrated that this is a site of international importance, but its discovery and initial interpretation has only been possible through engaging with a responsible local metal detectorist who reported their finds to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

  5. Julia Goh:

    We see continued support in exports of the electrical and electronic sector, chemicals, machinery appliances, optical equipment and manufactures of metal. This has more than offset the declines in commodity exports.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. abet
    • B. flub
    • C. descant
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