Meaning of METAL in English

METAL

■ noun

1》 a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity, e.g. iron, copper, and silver.

↘( ~s ) the steel tracks of a railway.

↘ Heraldry gold and silver.

2》 (also road ~ ) broken stone used in road-making.

3》 molten glass before it is blown or cast.

4》 heavy ~ or similar rock music.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ling , ~led ; US ~s , ~ing , ~ed ) [usu. as adjective ~led ]

1》 make from or coat with ~.

2》 Brit. make or mend (a road) with road ~.

Derivatives

~ware noun

Origin

ME: from OFr. ~ or L. ~lum , from Gk ~lon 'mine, quarry, or ~'.

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