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Metal appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.
  • Deflate medals not on Slade metal fed.
  • Loot: slate, metal plate, metal stool.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun metal:


The word metal is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun metal

What does metal mean as a name of something?

Metal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: metals

  1. any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  2. a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of metal: alloy
    • more generic word: mixture = a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together
    • more specific terms:
      • heavy metal = a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight
      • 18-karat gold = an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold
      • 22-karat gold = an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold
      • oreide / oroide = alloy of copper and tin and zinc
      • dental amalgam / amalgam = an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth
      • fusible metal = an alloy with a low melting point and used as solder and in safety plugs and sprinkler fuses
      • electrum = an alloy of gold and silver
      • pewter = any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals
      • pinchbeck = an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
      • pot metal = an alloy of copper and lead used especially for making large pots
      • solder = an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces
      • white gold = a pale alloy of gold usually with platinum or nickel or palladium
      • type metal = an alloy of tin and lead and antimony used to make printing type
      • bearing metal / white metal = an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
      • Babbitt metal / babbitt = an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony
      • Britannia metal = an alloy similar to pewter
      • steel = an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction
      • cheoplastic metal = any alloy that fuses at low temperatures and can be used molding artificial teeth
      • copper-base alloy = any alloy whose principal component is copper
      • dental gold = an alloy of gold used in dentistry
      • nickel-base alloy / nickel alloy = an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
      • German silver / nickel silver = a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel
      • pyrophoric alloy = an alloy that emits sparks when struck or scratched with steel
      • shot metal = an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic
      • sterling silver = a silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper
      • tambac / tombac / tombak = an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding
      • Wood's alloy / Wood's metal = a fusible alloy that is half bismuth plus lead, tin, and cadmium
    • substance: primary solid solution / solid solution = a homogeneous solid that can exist over a range of component chemicals

Alternative definition of the noun metal


  1. 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.
  2. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
  3. [astronomy] Any element other than hydrogen and helium, or sometimes other than hydrogen.
  4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
  5. [tincture] A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
  6. Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects
  7. [music] A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) categorised by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.

Definition of the adjective metal

What does metal mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more metal / most metal

  1. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

Definition of the verb metal

What does metal mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: metalled, metalling

  1. cover with metal
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: coat / surface = put a coat on; cover the surface of


METAL is an Aviation waypoint.


Who is Metal?

Metal is a musical artist, musician, composer.

  • also known as Torben Korgaard Hansen
  • born on (43 years ago)
  • member of musical group Drax & Metal


  1. Metal a.k.a. Misanthropia is a musical group.
  2. Metal is a musical group.
    • album: "Fearful"

There are other groups with in their name, like Art Metal, Metal Boys, Metal Duck, Metal King, Very Metal, Black metal, Death metal, Metal Combo, Metal Molly, Metal Spark, Power metal, Scrap Metal, Metal Church, Metal Mareny, Metal Master, Metal Masters, Metal Brothers, Metal detector, Precious metal.


  1. "Metal" is the twelfth album by Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator, released on April 16, 2007 by SPV/Steamhammer. However, it wasn't released in the United States until January 15, 2008. Waters gathered many famous guest musicians for the album.
  2. "Metal" is the debut EP by heavy metal band Newsted. The band was formed by American bassist Jason Newsted in 2012. The EP was released on January 8, 2013, under Newsted's own record label Chophouse Records. The EP was recorded at the Creation Lab studio in Turlock, California.
  3. "Metal" is a song by Gary Numan from his 1979 album The Pleasure Principle. Lyrically the song is science fiction, inspired by the works of Phillip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, and is about an android who wishes to be human, but never can be. The song was the B-side of "Cars" in the USA.
    • also known as Metal (demo version)
    • music and lyrics by Gary Numan
  4. "Metal" is an album released by heavy metal band Manilla Road in 1982.
  5. "Metal" is guitarist Preston Reed's first recording for Dusty Closet Records. It was re-released in 2002 on his own label, Outer Bridge Records. The re-release includes a different version of the title track.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  6. "Metal" a.k.a. "Metal!" is a musical album of The Thing & Barry Guy.
    • released in
  7. "Metal" is a musical album of Han Degc.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  8. "Metal" is a musical single of Technical Itch.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  9. "Metal" is a musical EP of Cubanate.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  10. "Metal" is a musical EP of Guns n' Wankers.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  11. "Metal" is a musical album of Brian Bromberg.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  12. "Metal" is a musical single of Afrika Bambaataa.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  13. "Metal" is a musical single of Steve Stoll.
    • released in (15 years ago)


  1. Metal: A metal is a material that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and has good electrical and thermal conductivity. Metals are generally malleable — that is, they can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking — as well as fusible and ductile. About 91 of the 118 elements in the periodic table are metals.
    • also known as מתכות, 金属
  2. Metal, the fourth phase of the Chinese philosophy of Wu Xing, is the decline of the matter, or the matter's decline stage. Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting. It is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.
  3. Metal is a low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated graphics API that debuted in iOS 8. Similar to OpenGL ES, Metal is a low-level API for interacting with 3D graphics hardware, except that Metal is not cross platform. Instead, Metal API is designed to be extremely efficient with Apple hardware, offering much improved speed and low overhead compared to using OpenGL ES. It is intended to bring to iOS some of the performance benefits of similar APIs on other platforms, such as AMD's Mantle and Microsoft's DirectX 12. As of November 27, Metal has only been available for devices using the Apple A7, Apple A8, and Apple A8X.
  4. Metal was an Argentine heavy metal music magazine edited from 1983 to 1995. It was published by Magendra, which also published the magazine Pelo, devoted to rock. Metal was the first heavy metal magazine published in Argentina.
  5. MetaL: The Meta-programming Language is a programming language designed for meta-programming. Meta-programming is a method for developing computer programs. It works by generating source code in a target language from a program specification in a higher level language. Source code written in MetaL is based on XML, the compiler engine can be used to generate the same program in potentially any target language. Supported target languages are PHP, Java and Perl.
  6. Metal is the sixth album by French composer Pierre Estève and was released in 2001 by Shooting Star. It is the second album after Bamboo from Esteve's MADe IN series, based on matters from Chinese instrument classification.

Phrases with Metal

Phrases starting with the word Metal:

  1. metal saw
  2. metal drum
  3. metal wood
  4. Metal-Poor

Phrases ending with the word Metal:

  1. Mu-metal
  2. Nu metal
  3. all-metal
  4. Emo Metal
  5. Hot Metal
  6. pot metal
  7. base metal
  8. bell metal
  9. Doom metal
  10. grid metal
  11. Half-metal
  12. road metal
  13. shot metal
  14. type metal
  15. Black metal
  16. Death metal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Metal

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Google previewI.C.S. Reference Library (1903)

by International Correspondence Schools

The word metal means a firm, heavy, hard substance, opaque, fusible by fire, and concreting again when cold into a solid body, such as it was before, malleable under the hammer, bright, glossy, and glittering when newly cut or broken.“ Ore is ...

Google previewInternational Library of Technology (1903)

The word metal means a firm, heavy, hard substance, opaque, fusible by fire, and concreting again when cold into a solid body, such as it was before, malleable under the hammer, bright, glossy, and glittering when newly cut or broken.“ Ore is ...

Google previewМорской техническій словарь ... Polyglot Naval Technical Dictionary ... Dictionnaire Technique Polyglotte des termes de la Marine, etc. Pt. 1., livr. 1-5. Eng., Fr. and Russ (1863)

by Andrei Mikhailovich ENGEL

Metal. Messenger, 5. to clap a messenger ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography (Print) (2001)

by Jack Cazes

The foundations for immobilized metal affinity chroma- tography (IMAC) were first laid in 1961 when Helferich introduced "ligand-exchange chromatography" [1]. The modern-day usage of this technique and its practical applications as a ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

metal ceramic alloys, n the fusion of ceramics (porcelain) to an alloy of two or more metals for use in restorative and prosthodontic dentistry. Examples of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1978)

Volume 6 - Calcination Equipment to Catalysis by John J. McKetta Jr

Exterior insulation can be improved and supplemental heating can be used to keep the metal temperature above the dew point. Protective coatings generally are not successful. The use of 3I6L stainless steel in locations where condensate ...

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Quotes about Metal

My favorite type of music to sing and to listen to, you know, rock. It's not always metal, but you know, half the time it is. Metal's cool, you know? Not everybody on 'American Idol' listens to metal. (James Durbin)
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Scrabble value of M3E1T1A1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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