Metal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈmetl|  American pronunciation of the word metal
Brit.  |ˈmɛt(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word metal


- any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
- a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten (syn: alloy)


- cover with metal


- containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal(syn: metallic)


a mixture of various kinds of metal

sculptors who work in metal and clay

The metal corrodes / rusts.

The gate is made of metal.

They traded in gold and other precious metals (=valuable metals used especially for making jewellery).

The old trucks were sold as scrap metal (=old metal that is melted and used again).

the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades

Iron is a base metal.

The saw easily cuts through metal.

The metal is heated and then pounded into shape.

The hot metal contracted as it cooled.

metal that is cold to the touch

She used a hammer to beat the metal into shape.

The dented metal was beaten flat.

A shiny metal plate was screwed to the door.

Word forms

singular: metal
plural: metals
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