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This page has 44 definitions of metal with English translations in 19 languages. Metal is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use metal in a sentence are shown. Also define these 46 related words and terms: element, metallic bond, shiny, malleable, hard, conductor, electricity, alloy, astronomy, Big Bang, nuclear, helium, road, mining, ore, heraldry, tincture, coat of arms, argent, or, glass, music, mettle, calibre, gun, vessel, war, rail, railway, travel, aviation, emotional, social, characteristic, make, metal, heavy metal, chemistry, ametal, poetic, money, wealth, riches, riqueza, dinheiro, and kovina.

See also: Metal, métal, and metál

English metal definition

Etymology

From Middle English metal, a borrowing from Old French metal, from Latin metallum (metal, mine, quarry, mineral), itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, mine, quarry, metal).

Pronunciation

Noun

metal (countable and uncountable, plural metals)

  1. (heading) Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
    1. 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.
      • 2014 April 21, “Subtle effects”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8884:
        Manganism has been known about since the 19th century, when miners exposed to ores containing manganese, a silvery metal, began to totter, slur their speech and behave like someone inebriated.
    2. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
      • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
        But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].
    3. (astronomy) An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.
      • 2003, Michael A. Seeds, Astronomy: The Solar System and Beyond, Thomson Brooks/Cole →ISBN
        Most of the matter in stars is hydrogen and helium, and the metals (including carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and so on) were cooked up inside stars.
      • 2008, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Geochemical Society, Oxygen in the solar system, Mineralogical Society of Amer →ISBN
        Thus, for the remaining elements, including oxygen, the solid phase appears to be important. In fact, at a metallicity of Z=0.02, and with a gas-to-dust ratio of 100, about half of the metals — including oxygen — are contained in the solid phase.
      • 2015, Alan Longstaff, Astrobiology: An Introduction, CRC Press →ISBN, page 350
        Metals include oxygen and carbon which means that water and organic molecules would have been abundant in the early universe, perhaps paving the way for the emergence of life within a couple of billion years of the Big Bang.
    4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
    5. (mining) The ore from which a metal is derived.[1]
    6. (obsolete) A mine from which ores are taken.
      • 1660, Jeremy Taylor, Ductor Dubitantium, or the Rule of Conscience
        slaves [] and persons condemned to metals
    • Hard definition
      Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
      1. Resistant to pressure. (1 of 29 hard definitions)
    • Electricity definition
      Originally, a property of amber and certain other nonconducting substances to attract lightweight material when rubbed, or the cause of this property; now understood to be a phenomenon caused by the distribution and movement of charged subatomic particles and their interaction with the electromagnetic field. (1 of 4 electricity definitions)
    • Big Bang definition
      The cosmic event that marks the beginning of time and the rapid expansion of space for the visible universe. The evolution of the universe since that beginning point is described by the Big Bang Theory.
    • Road definition
      A way used for travelling between places, originally one wide enough to allow foot passengers and horses to travel, now (US) usually one surfaced with asphalt or concrete and designed to accommodate many vehicles travelling in both directions. In the UK both senses are heard: a country road is the same as a country lane. (1 of 10 road definitions)
    • Mining definition
      The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. (1 of 4 mining definitions)
    • Ore definition
      Rock or other material that contains valuable or utilitarian materials; primarily a rock containing metals or gems for which it is typically mined and processed.
  2. (heraldry) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent (white or silver) and or (gold).
  3. Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects.
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  4. (music) A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars.
  5. (figuratively, archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper.
    Synonym: mettle
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 104:
      Leonato. Well, neece, I hope to ſee you one day fitted with a husband. / Beatrice. Not till God make men of ſome other mettall then earth, would it not grieue a woman to be over-maſtred with a peece of valiant duſt?
  6. The effective power or calibre of guns carried by a vessel of war.
    • Calibre definition
      Alternative form of caliber
  7. (Britain, in the plural) The rails of a railway.
  8. (informal, travel, aviation) The actual airline operating a flight, rather than any of the codeshare operators.
    We have American Airlines tickets, but it's on British Airways metal.
    • Travel definition
      To be on a journey, often for pleasure or business and with luggage; to go from one place to another. (1 of 6 travel definitions)

Antonyms

  • (any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms): nonmetal

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Translations

Adjective

metal (comparative more metal, superlative most metal)

  1. (music) Characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars. [1970s and after]
  2. Having the emotional or social characteristics associated with metal music; brash, bold, frank, unyielding, etc.
    • 2008, Lich King, "Attack of the Wrath of the War of the Death of the Strike of the Sword of the Blood of the Beast", Toxic Zombie Onslaught.
      The beast will destroy everything in his path / With this song on the upcoming brawl / It sure is a long one and tough to pronounce but / It's the most metal title of all

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Verb

metal (third-person singular simple present metals, present participle metalling, simple past and past participle metalled)

  1. To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.

References

  1. ^ 1881, Rossiter W. Raymond, A Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms

Aragonese metal definition

Etymology

From Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon).

Noun

metal m (plural metals)

  1. metal
    • Metal definition
      Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
      1. 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. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
      3. An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.
      4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
      5. The ore from which a metal is derived.
      6. A mine from which ores are taken.
      (1 of 14 metal definitions)

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Asturian metal definition

Etymology

From Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon).

Noun

metal m (plural metales)

  1. metal

Breton metal definition

Noun

metal m (plural metaloù)

  1. metal

Inflection


Catalan metal definition

Etymology

From English metal.

Noun

metal m (uncountable)

  1. (music) metal

Danish metal definition

Etymology

From Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, metal, mine).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /metal/, [meˈtˢal]

Noun

metal n (singular definite metallet, plural indefinite metaller)

  1. metal

Inflection


Dutch metal definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English metal.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛ.təl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: me‧tal

Noun

metal m (uncountable)

  1. (music) metal (rock genre)
    Synonym: heavy metal

Derived terms

  • metalband

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French metal definition

Alternative forms

Noun

metal m (uncountable)

  1. metal (music style)

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Italian metal definition

Etymology

From English metal.

Noun

metal m (invariable)

  1. (music) metal
    Synonym: heavy metal

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Middle French metal definition

Noun

metal m (plural metaulx)

  1. metal

Occitan metal definition

Alternative forms

  • metau

Etymology

From Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon). Attested from the 12th century.[1]

Pronunciation

  • (file)

Noun

metal m (plural metals)

  1. metal

Related terms

References

  1. ^ Diccionari General de la Lenga Occitana, L’Academia occitana – Consistòri del Gai Saber, 2008-2016, page 380.

Old French metal definition

Etymology

From Latin metallum, see above

Noun

metal m (oblique plural metaus or metax or metals, nominative singular metaus or metax or metals, nominative plural metal)

  1. metal (material)

Old Spanish metal definition

Etymology

Borrowed with apocope from Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon).

Pronunciation

Noun

metal m (plural metales)

  1. metal
    • c. 1250, Alfonso X, Lapidario, 2r.
      Et es grand marauilla que el fierro que uence todos los otros metales por fortaleza que a en ſi uence lo eſta piedra por ſu ṕṕedat.
      And it is a great marvel that iron, which defats all other metals due to the strength it has, is defeated by this stone due to its property.
    • Idem, f. 21v.
      Et otroſſi ſi lo mezclan con eſtanno torna negro. ¬ ſi con plata lo mezclan recibe la blancura della ¬ aſſi faz con cada metal.
      And also, if they mix it with tin it becomes black, and if they mix it with silver it receives whiteness from it, and likewise with every metal.

Descendants


Piedmontese metal definition

Pronunciation

Noun

metal m (plural metaj)

  1. metal

Related terms

  • metàlich

Polish metal definition

Etymology

From Latin metallum.

Pronunciation

Noun

metal m inan

  1. metal
  2. (heraldry) metal

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Portuguese metal definition

Etymology

From Old Portuguese metal, from Old Spanish metal, from Old Catalan metall, matall, from Latin metallum (metal, mine, quarry, mineral), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, mine, quarry, metal).

Pronunciation

Noun

metal m (plural metais)

  1. (chemistry) metal (any of a number of elements that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms)
    Antonyms: não-metal, ametal
    • Chemistry definition
      The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules. (1 of 3 chemistry definitions)
    • Ametal definition
      nonmetal
  2. metal (any of a number of a number of hard but malleable materials consisting of metallic atoms)
  3. (music) metal; heavy metal
    Synonym: heavy metal
  4. (poetic) money; wealth; riches
    Synonyms: riqueza, dinheiro
    • Wealth definition
      Riches; a great amount of valuable assets or material possessions. (1 of 3 wealth definitions)
    • Dinheiro definition
      A coin used from the 12th to the 15th century in Portugal.
  5. (heraldry) white ((argent) or yellow (or) tincture on a coat of arms

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Romanian metal definition

Pronunciation

Noun

metal n (plural metale)

  1. metal

Declension

Related terms

  • metalic

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Serbo-Croatian metal definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mětaːl/
  • Hyphenation: me‧tal

Noun

mètāl m (Cyrillic spelling мѐта̄л)

  1. (chemistry) metal
    Synonym: kovina
    • Kovina definition
      essive plural form of kova.

Declension


Spanish metal definition

Etymology

From Old Spanish metal, from Old French métal or Old Occitan metall, these from Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, mine, quarry, metal).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meˈtal/, [meˈt̪al]
  • Hyphenation: me‧tal

Noun

metal m (plural metales)

  1. metal
  2. (heraldry) metal
  3. (music) metal

Derived terms

Related terms

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Turkish metal definition

Etymology

From French métal.

Pronunciation

Noun

metal (definite accusative metali, plural metaller)

  1. metal

Turkmen metal definition

Noun

metal (definite accusative ?, plural ?)

  1. metal