Meaning of METAL in English
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 ~.
ME: from OFr. ~ or L. ~lum , from Gk ~lon 'mine, quarry, or ~'.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004