Definition of

Metal

  1. (noun, substance) a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
  2. (noun, substance) any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  3. (verb, contact) cover with metal
  4. (adj, all) containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
    metallic luster
    the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades

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Synonyms of Metal

alloy, metallic, metallic element

Alternate forms of Metal

Derivations: metal, metallic

Hyponyms: 18-karat gold, 22-karat gold, al, alkali metal, alkaline earth, alkaline metal, alkaline-earth metal, alnico, aluminium, aluminum, am, amalgam, americium, antimony, atomic number 100, atomic number 11, atomic number 12, atomic number 13, atomic number 19, atomic number 20, atomic number 21, atomic number 22, atomic number 23, atomic number 24, atomic number 25, atomic number 26, atomic number 27, atomic number 28, atomic number 29, atomic number 3, atomic number 30, atomic number 31, atomic number 37, atomic number 38, atomic number 39, atomic number 4, atomic number 40, atomic number 41, atomic number 42, atomic number 43, atomic number 44, atomic number 45, atomic number 46, atomic number 48, atomic number 49, atomic number 50, atomic number 51, atomic number 55, atomic number 56, atomic number 57, atomic number 58, atomic number 59, atomic number 60, atomic number 61, atomic number 62, atomic number 63, atomic number 64, atomic number 65, atomic number 66, atomic number 67, atomic number 68, atomic number 69, atomic number 70, atomic number 71, atomic number 72, atomic number 73, atomic number 74, atomic number 75, atomic number 76, atomic number 77, atomic number 80, atomic number 81, atomic number 82, atomic number 83, atomic number 84, atomic number 87, atomic number 88, atomic number 90, atomic number 91, atomic number 92, atomic number 93, atomic number 95, atomic number 96, atomic number 97, atomic number 98, atomic number 99, ba, babbitt, babbitt metal, barium, base metal, be, bearing metal, berkelium, beryllium, bi, bismuth, bk, britannia metal, ca, cadmium, caesium, calcium, californium, carboloy, cd, ce, cerium, cesium, cf, cheoplastic metal, chromium, cm, co, cobalt, copper, copper-base alloy, cr, cs, cu, curium, dental amalgam, dental gold, duralumin, dy, dysprosium, e, einsteinium, electrum, er, erbium, es, eu, europium, fe, fermium, fm, fr, francium, fusible metal, ga, gadolinium, gallium, gd, german silver, glucinium, hafnium, heavy metal, hf, hg, ho, holmium, hydrargyrum, in, inconel, indium, invar, ir, iridium, iron, k, la, lanthanum, lead, li, lithium, lu, lutecium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, mg, mn, mo, molybdenum, na, nb, nd, neodymium, neptunium, ni, nickel, nickel alloy, nickel silver, nickel-base alloy, niobium, noble metal, np, oreide, oroide, os, osmium, pa, palladium, pb, pd, pewter, pinchbeck, pm, po, polonium, pot metal, potassium, pr, praseodymium, promethium, protactinium, protoactinium, pyrophoric alloy, quicksilver, ra, radium, rb, re, rh, rhenium, rhodium, ru, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, sb, sc, scandium, shot metal, sm, sn, sodium, solder, sr, steel, stellite, sterling silver, strontium, ta, tambac, tantalum, tb, tc, technetium, terbium, th, thallium, thorium, thulium, ti, tin, titanium, tl, tm, tombac, tombak, tungsten, type metal, u, uranium, v, vanadium, w, white gold, white metal, wolfram, wood's alloy, wood's metal, y, yb, ytterbium, yttrium, zinc, zirconium, zn, zr

Hypernyms: chemical element, coat, element, mixture, surface

Origin of the word Metal

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. metal, from L. metallum "metal, mine, quarry, mineral, what is got by mining," from Gk. metallon "metal, ore," originally "mine, quarry, pit," probably from metalleuein "to mine, to quarry," of unknown origin, but related somehow to metallan "to seek after." more

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