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Pronunciation: /ˈmetl/

Translation of metal in Spanish:


  • 1.1 u and c (solid material) metal (masculine); (before noun/delante del nombre) [box/clasp/plating] metálico, de metal
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 u and c [Chemistry/Química] metal (masculine) 1.3 uncountable/no numerable (on roads) (British English/inglés británico) grava (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.4 uncountable/no numerable (liquid glass) [Technology/Tecnología] vidrio (masculine) fundido
    Example sentences
    • In 1952 he thought about using the bed of molten metal to form the flat glass, eliminating altogether the need for the rollers.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-ll-)

  • (British English/inglés británico) engravar

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