Meaning of METAL in English


I. ˈme-t ə l noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin metallum mine, metal, from Greek metallon

Date: 14th century

1. : any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides ; especially : one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy


a. : mettle 1a

b. : the substance out of which a person or thing is made

3. : glass in its molten state


a. : printing type metal

b. : matter set in metal type

5. : road metal

6. : heavy metal

II. transitive verb

( -aled or -alled ; -al·ing or -al·ling )

Date: 1617

: to cover or furnish with metal

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