(adjective) containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal; “a metallic compound”; “metallic luster”; “the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades”- Ambrose Bierce
(noun) a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; “brass is an alloy of zinc and copper”
(verb) cover with metal
Source: WordNet® 3.1
metal (countable and uncountable, plural metals)
(heading) Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
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.
Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
(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.
Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
(mining) The ore from which a metal is derived.
(obsolete) A mine from which ores are taken.
(tincture) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects.
(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.
(archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.
The effective power or calibre of guns carried by a vessel of war.
(UK, obsolete, in the plural) The rails of a railway.
(informal, travel, aviation) The actual airline operating a flight, rather than any of the codeshare operators.
• (any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms): nonmetal
metal (comparative more metal, superlative most metal)
(music) Characterized by strong drum-beats and distorted guitars. [1970s and after]
Having the emotional or social characteristics associated with metal music; brash, bold, frank, unyielding, etc.
metal (third-person singular simple present metals, present participle metalling, simple past and past participle metalled)
To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.
Met"al ( or ; 277), n. Etym: [F. métal, L. metallum metal, mine, Gr.
Definition: An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose
oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than acid properties, as
contrasted with the nonmetals, or metalloids. No sharp line can be
drawn between the metals and nonmetals, and certain elements partake
of both acid and basic qualities, as chromium, manganese, bismuth,
Note: Popularly, the name is applied to certain hard, fusible metals,
as gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, lead, zinc, nickel, etc., and
also to the mixed metals, or metallic alloys, as brass, bronze,
steel, bell metal, etc.
2. Ore from which a metal is derived; -- so called by miners.
3. A mine from which ores are taken. [Obs.]
Slaves . . . and persons condemned to metals. Jer. Taylor.
4. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence,
constitutional disposition; character; temper.
Not till God make men of some other metal than earth. Shak.
5. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle. Shak.
Note: The allusion is to the temper of the metal of a sword blade.
6. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting
7. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.
8. Glass in a state of fusion. Knight.
Definition: The rails of a railroad. [Eng.] Base metal (Chem.), any one of
the metals, as iron, lead, etc., which are readily tarnished or
oxidized, in contrast with the noble metals. In general, a metal of
small value, as compared with gold or silver.
– Fusible metal (Metal.), a very fusible alloy, usually consisting
of bismuth with lead, tin, or cadmium.
– Heavy metals (Chem.), the metallic elements not included in the
groups of the alkalies, alkaline earths, or the earths; specifically,
the heavy metals, as gold, mercury, platinum, lead, silver, etc.
– Light metals (Chem.), the metallic elements of the alkali and
alkaline earth groups, as sodium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, etc.;
also, sometimes, the metals of the earths, as aluminium.
– Muntz metal, an alloy for sheathing and other purposes,
consisting of about sixty per cent of copper, and forty of zinc.
Sometimes a little lead is added. It is named from the inventor.
– Prince's metal (Old Chem.), an alloy resembling brass, consisting
of three parts of copper to one of zinc; -- also called Prince
Met"al, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Metaled ( or ) or Metalled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Metaling or Metalling.]
Definition: To cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition