English - Etymology
From Middle English, from Old French metal (“metal”), from Latin metallum (“metal, mine, quarry, mineral”), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, “mine, quarry, metal”), from μέταλλευειν (métalleuein, “to mine, quarry”), of unknown origin, but apparently related to μέταλλαν (métallan, “to seek after”), also of unknown origin.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
(heading) Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
- Any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.
Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […].
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
(astronomy) An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.
- 2003, Michael A. Seeds, Astronomy: The Solar System and Beyond, Thomson Brooks/Cole (ISBN 9780534395377)
- 2008, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Geochemical Society, Oxygen in the solar system, Mineralogical Society of Amer (ISBN 9780939950805)
- 2015, Alan Longstaff, Astrobiology: An Introduction, CRC Press (ISBN 9781498728454), page 350
- Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
- (mining) The ore from which a metal is derived.
- (obsolete) A mine from which ores are taken.
- (heraldry) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
- Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects.
- (music) A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.
- (archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.
- The effective power or calibre of guns carried by a vessel of war.
- (UK, obsolete, in the plural) The rails of a railway.
- (informal, travel, aviation) The actual airline operating a flight, rather than any of the codeshare operators.
- (any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms): nonmetal
English - Adjective
- (music) Characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars. [1970s and after]
- Having the emotional or social characteristics associated with metal music; brash, bold, frank, unyielding, etc.
English - Verb
Danish - Etymology
Danish - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /metal/, [meˈtˢal]
Danish - Noun
Italian - Etymology
Italian - Noun
Italian - Anagrams
Old French - Noun
Polish - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ˈmɛtal/
Polish - Noun
Portuguese - Etymology
From Old Portuguese metal, from Old Spanish metal, from Catalan metall, from Latin metallum (“metal, mine, quarry, mineral”), from Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon, “mine, quarry, metal”), from μέταλλευειν (métalleuein, “to mine, quarry”), of unknown origin.
Portuguese - Pronunciation
Serbo-Croatian - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /mětaːl/
- Hyphenation: me‧tal