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metallic

Line breaks: me¦tal|lic
Pronunciation: /mɪˈtalɪk
 
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Definition of metallic in English:

adjective

1Relating to or resembling metal or metals: metallic alloys a curious metallic taste
More example sentences
  • But in any case there is no such thing - chlorine is simply not an element that can form a metallic alloy, as opposed to an ionic compound with a metal.
  • As a result, some of the elements of the metal or alloy change from a metallic state into a non-metallic state.
  • The reduced metal typically forms a metallic alloy on the cathode.
1.1(Of sound) resembling that produced by metal objects striking each other; sharp and ringing: the blade locked into place with a heavy metallic clunk
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  • He heard a sharp, metallic sound that made his blood run cold through his veins.
  • It reached back, pulling out a sword with the sound of metal on the sheath, a ringing, metallic sound that foretold doom.
  • At that precise moment, a gong near the entrance way was sounded, the metallic clang echoing around the Great Hall.
Synonyms
grating, harsh, jarring, dissonant, raucous
1.2(Of a person’s voice) emanating via an electronic medium: a metallic voice rasped tinnily from a speaker
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  • Then a metallic voice came through the speakers.
  • ‘How strange’ the figure said in a raspy metallic voice, not dissimilar to X's.
  • ‘If I am to take over the world, I will do it without waiting so long,’ said the Ruler in a deep metallic voice.
1.3Having the lustre of metal; iridescent: a beautiful metallic green sports car
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  • Trochilines often have iridescent feathers of metallic red, orange, green and blue.
  • The latter mineral, a sulphide of iron, has a shiny metallic lustre and was often mistaken for gold itself: it is the infamous fool's gold.
  • Her fur, a deep blue-grey, had a softness that belied its almost metallic lustre.
Synonyms

noun

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1An article or substance made of or containing metal: metallics can be recycled
1.1A paint, fabric, or colour with a metallic sheen: ultra-bright solid colours, pearls, metallics, and more
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  • ‘We keep our suedes, textures, metallics and fabrics intermingled with rag mats,’ said Christine Knoll.
  • There also are burnished metallics and grass cloths in boldly scaled weaves.
  • About five years ago, our designers allowed people to select from a variety of very bold, bright colors: greens, oranges, yellows as well as metallics with a special hue, things like liquid crystal paint.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).

Derivatives

metallically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • I pass between mighty sentinel-like pines and come out at a crest with Wellington City below to my left and the Harbour glittering metallically beyond.
  • ‘Apology accepted’ I would breath metallically at her lifeless form.
  • He took a bunch of pictures with it, and sure enough, they too look as metallically eerie and ghostlike as if they'd been lost in archives for a century.

Words that rhyme with metallic

Alec, cephalic, encephalic, Gallic, intervallic, italic, medallic, mesocephalic, phallic, Salic, tantalic, Uralic, Vandalic

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