Definitions of metal

  1. a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; " brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
  2. cover with metal
  3. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal; " a metallic compound"; " metallic luster"; " the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce
  4. any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  5. 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.
  6. A mine from which ores are taken.
  7. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.
  8. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.
  9. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.
  10. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.
  11. Glass in a state of fusion.
  12. The rails of a railroad.
  13. To cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a road.
  14. Ore from which a metal is derived; - so called by miners.
  15. A heavy, lustrous substance, capable of being drawn into a fine thread and beaten or hammered into thin plates, of being melted by heat, and of carrying electricity; material; substance; hence, spirit; temper.
  16. To cover with metal, such as gold, silver, copper, etc.
  17. Hard, heavy, fusible substance, as iron.
  18. A solid, shining, opaque body, such as gold, etc.: broken stone used for macadamized roads.
  19. A simple, fixed, opaque body, fusible by heat.
  20. Metallic.
  21. An elementary substance, usually hard, heavy, and malleable, as iron, gold, tin, etc.
  22. Mils.
  23. An opaque body or substance, insoluble in water, fusible by heat, a good conductor of heat and electricity, and having a peculiar lustre known as the metallic lustre; glass in a state of fusion; stones broken small for roads; the effective power of guns borne by a vessel of war.
  24. To cover with metal.
  25. A well- known body, such as gold, silver, copper, iron, & c.; broken stones used for roads; broken glass for the melting- pot.
  26. See mettle.

Usage examples for metal

  1. The metal body of the gun split the wood stock and came almost to my shoulder. – The-Life-of-Me-an-autobiography by Johnson, Clarence Edgar
  2. It was as if she had offered her beauty to a glass, and found a reflection in dull metal – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. Each was supposed to contain a piece of bone, cloth, or metal and books or parts of them, that had once belonged to a great man or a saint. – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  4. Metal bars are fixed a short distance above the deck to take rings attached to the sheets. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates
  5. The metal was already cold again. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  6. It was half a mile high and built of massive metal beams. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  7. No one going from house to house to repair metal goods or sell small goods he is carrying may do this trade outside the town where he lives. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  8. Then she heard a snap of metal and knew that he had just looked at his watch. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. For a full month nothing could be done to the cannon, since it would take quite that time for the metal to cool. – The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith
  10. We must use another metal instead of cast- iron. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  11. Listen to me; I'm of the metal that makes ministers; I do not seek to obtain Celeste until I deserve her. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  12. He was passing the shops now, and stopped before a jeweler's window, his eye caught by a rather jolly- looking paper knife in gun metal – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  13. Metal and electrons reason well, but not in a human fashion. – Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
  14. It wasn't the echo of metal slamming against metal – World Beyond Pluto by C. H. Thames
  15. But why should one piece of metal striking against another a mile or two away make us aware that there is a bell there at all, let alone that it is a certain bell whose tone we recognize? – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  16. With the mounting strain Christopher began to prove of what metal he was made. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  17. The new craft was a thing of beauty, all metal with one low wing. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  18. But his hand flashed up and caught the metal before it struck his face. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  19. I felt rope and metal and pain all at once. – Undo-a-Novel-By-Joe-Hutsko by Hutsko, Joe
  20. He tried to ask them from whence the metal came, but he could not make them understand. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs