What does metal mean?

Definitions for metal
ˈmɛt lmet·al

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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


  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. METALnoun

    We understand by the term metal a firm, heavy, and hard substance, opake, fusible by fire, and concreting again when cold into a solid body such as it was before, which is malleable under the hammer, and is of a bright, glossy, and glittering substance where newly cut or broken. The metals are six in number:1. gold;2. silver;3. copper;4. tin;5. iron; and,6. lead; of which gold is the heaviest, lead the second in weight, then silver, then copper, and iron is the lightest except tin: some have added mercury or quicksilver to the number of metals; but as it wants malleability, the criterion of metals, it is more properly ranked among the semi metals. John Hill Mat. Med.

    Etymology: metal, French; metallum, Latin.

    Metallists use a kind of terrace in their vessels for fining metals, that the melted metal run not out. Joseph Moxon.

    Being glad to find their companions had so much metal, after a long debate the major part carried it. Edward Hyde.

    Both kinds of metal he prepar’d,
    Either to give blows or to ward;
    Courage and steel both of great force,
    Prepar’d for better or for worse. Hudibras, p. i.


  1. metal

    The Template Attribute Language (TAL) is a templating language used to generate dynamic HTML and XML pages. Its main goal is to simplify the collaboration between programmers and designers. This is achieved by embedding TAL statements inside valid HTML (or XML) tags which can then be worked on using common design tools. TAL was created for Zope but is used in other Python-based projects as well.


  1. metal

    A metal is a type of chemical element that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity. These substances are found naturally in the earth's crust and are mainly categorized as either base metals, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, or precious metals. Metals are commonly used in a wide array of applications including construction, electronics, and manufacturing due to their physical properties.

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

  2. Metalnoun

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

  3. Metalnoun

    a mine from which ores are taken

  4. Metalnoun

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

  5. Metalnoun

    courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle

  6. Metalnoun

    the broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads

  7. Metalnoun

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

  8. Metalnoun

    glass in a state of fusion

  9. Metalnoun

    the rails of a railroad

  10. Metalverb

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

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


  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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. METAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Metal is ranked #151532 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Metal surname appeared 108 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Metal.

    85.1% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    11.1% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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

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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. Sir. Barron Qasem II:

    The most valuable precious metal I know of is knowledge.

  2. Duane Smith:

    We ended up with two pounds of scrap metal and 40 pounds of gun.

  3. Anthony Burgess:

    We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.

  4. The Royal:

    This three crystal ring is made of sparkling crystals set on palladium plated metal.

  5. That Democrat:

    There are concerns about the gun-toting members, but also we don't know who they're going to bring to the inauguration who can bypass the metal detectors, until there's an investigation and until we understand our colleagues' level of complicity in the attack we don't know how involved they really were. Until we have answers I don't think we should trust them -- not all of them of course, but some of them.

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