Definition of metal in English:

metal

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛt(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminium, and alloys such as steel): an adjustable pole made of metal [count noun]: being a metal, aluminium readily conducts heat
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  • Earthen materials like steel, metal and granite are hard to get these days.
  • Known as shape-memory materials, they are metal alloys or polymers that accomplish similar feats in different ways.
  • The result was a new, hard metal, Bessemer steel, ideal for rail-making.
1.1 (metals) The steel tracks of a railway: the locomotive is presently being made ready for operation over Network SouthEast metals
1.2 Heraldry Gold and silver (as tinctures in blazoning).
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  • In cases where the mounting or backing of the enamel is metal (silver or gold), matching is not really important.
2 (also road metal) Broken stone for use in road-making: the work also involves dealing with rock aggregates for potential use as suitable road metal
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  • In common with other specifications for road construction the contractors had to remove all ‘fixed stones’ from the bed on which road metal was laid.
  • For all we knew they could have just been road metal.
  • 96 Drains were usually constructed 18 in. square and were built with lime-mortared masonry walls that supported flat slab stones beneath the road metal.
3Molten glass before it is blown or cast.
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  • In 1952 he thought about using the bed of molten metal to form the flat glass, eliminating altogether the need for the rollers.
4Heavy metal or similar rock music: industrial music is also a blend of metal and techno [with modifier]: crunching power-trio metal
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  • When I left the army I dived into metal and rock music headfirst.
  • I listen to hardcore, metal, and rock music, so listening to music when I have a really bad headache makes it worse.
  • But the crunchy metal riffs with squeals of harmonic distortion can only carry an album for so long, and 55 minutes is way beyond that time.

verb (metals, metalling, metalled; North American metals, metaling, metaled)

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1 (as adjective metalled) Made from or coated with metal: a range of metalled key rings
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  • Stevens said it was proposed to leave the metalled track in place after the work was completed which, he said, would be an advantage for people walking through Scotchell.
  • The hot, high Sun in the middle of an azure blue wash - straight out of a David Hockney painting, the metal men stood erect, gazing out to sea in all their metalled nakedness.
  • These we passed on the way up, an ascent made easy to Nab Farm by a metalled track.
2 (usually as adjective metalled) British Make or mend (a road) with road metal: follow the metalled road for about 200 yards the road was metalled and tolls charged for the upkeep
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  • In the Montagne Noire area iron slag was used for road metalling, providing a very hard surface that was resistant to any kind of degradation.
  • I mean [the Defendants] to have the fullest right of metalling the road and making it the best road they can to meet the circumstances.
  • Finally in February 1875 the government called tenders for the ‘forming, building culverts, making catch drains and metalling on the road through Coromandel Valley’.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French metal or Latin metallum, from Greek metallon 'mine, quarry, or metal'.

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