Meaning of METAL in English


met ‧ al S2 W2 /ˈmetl/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin metallum 'mine, metal' , from Greek metallon ]

a hard, usually shiny substance such as iron, gold, or steel ⇨ metallic :

The gate is made of metal.

a small black metal box

They traded in gold and other precious metals (=valuable metals used especially for making jewellery) .

The old trucks were sold as scrap metal (=old metal that is melted and used again) .

⇨ ↑ heavy metal

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