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Metal meaning

metal - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  2. 2. 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, etc.
  3. 3. A mine from which ores are taken.
  4. 4. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.
  5. 5. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.
  6. 6. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.
  7. 7. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.
  8. 8. Glass in a state of fusion.
  9. 9. The rails of a railroad.
  10. 10. To cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a road.
  11. 11. Ore from which a metal is derived; - so called by miners.
  12. 12. A simple, fixed, opaque body, fusible by heat.
  13. 13. Metallic.

metal - examples of usage

  1. But gold and silver change slowly in value, because they last so long, and thus the new supply got in any one year is very little compared with the whole supply or stock of the metal. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. He felt as if from soft metal he had changed into hard metal. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. Give me the man or the metal: in a very short time I have decided their worth to my own satisfaction. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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