What does metal mean?

Definitions for metal
ˈmɛt lmet·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metallic element, metal(noun)

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

  2. alloy, metal(adj)

    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. metal(verb)

    cover with metal

Wiktionary

  1. metal(Noun)

    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. metal(Noun)

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

  3. metal(Noun)

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

  4. metal(Noun)

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

  5. metal(Noun)

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

  6. metal(Noun)

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

  7. metal(Noun)

    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. metal(Verb)

    To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle

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

  6. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    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. Metal(noun)

    glass in a state of fusion

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

  9. Metal(noun)

    the rails of a railroad

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

  10. Metal(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce metal?

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Numerology

  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. Lai Jinrong:

    I think that rock and roll and metal in China began to die before they reached maturity.

  3. Erwin Mayr:

    We are seeing especially strong demand for drink cans in Germany where some of the largest discount supermarkets have returned metal drinks cans to their shelves.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. An endless abundance of opinions and assumptions speak of ignorance. 2. Learn if you want to live. 3. Imagination is diving into the bottomless depths of madness. 4. A genius does nothing, and does not even think, he simply waits for his own best thought or idea in order to bring it to life. The lover is constantly looking for other people, and makes a collage of other people's thoughts and ideas. 5. A masterpiece is when you are looking for your perfect radio wave on your internal radio. In the midst of the noise of your inner cosmos, you can find something completely new, ingenious. 6. Contemporary art Aesthetics as the basis of art has gone into the background. In the foreground is the abstract, unconscious philosophy of artists. Creative people create their creations not for people, but for themselves. That is why there is a gap between the perceptions of the artist and the viewer. People visiting modern exhibitions cannot understand what the author wanted to say, many write their humiliating notes with explanations about what this work is like. For example: a layman looks at work, reading a note with an annotation, and says: “ahh, is that a flower?” (Got up in a strange pose to see a flower, and the second repeats after her Only with this pose they see a flower). Answering her: Yes, I would never have guessed in my life. And the offended author of the work tells them: Yes, you do not understand anything in art, I am a genius. And cries bitterly. Even many professional art historians do not fully understand many artists, they only build some personal assumptions. And not all artists sometimes understand what they have created. The layman asks the artist: and what is depicted here. The author replies: “I don’t know, yes, yes.” 7. Violence in creativity, harmlessly reduces the world's population. 8. Creativity is the interference of the light of feelings. Light diffraction of emotions passed through the prism of the soul. Someone thereby creates the effect of transformation or distortion of the imagination, the uglier the thinking of people, the more terrible their imagination. Which resembles a metal constructor of lovers, a children's application of imitation. Whereas ingenious in insight. 9. Creativity is hardcore originality. 10. Genius does as no one thinks to do. He is looking for something completely new where no one will seek. He is not looking for soil for inspiration, he creates it with his bold steps, the soles of the sneakers of which glow gently with white, neon lights. In his own way, he creates a path for the next generation. Becoming the light at the end that illuminates this path. Patiently waiting for his followers on the other side. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Brian Kolski:

    Heavy metal exposure can be directly toxic to heart muscle, [It] can also cause problems with electrolytes. Anything that causes a derangement in electrolytes can cause heart palpitations.

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