• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mettled Having mettle; high-spirited; ardent; full of fire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mettled Full of mettle or courage; spirited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Mettled high-spirited: ardent
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the metal of a blade.


In literature:

Fortunately OLIVER was made of stern mettle.
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
The rest of the party have yet to prove their mettle, and of them but little can now be said.
"Bowdoin Boys in Labrador" by Jonathan Prince Cilley, Jr.
Every man upon his mettle.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, July 2, 1892" by Various
They asked questions which went to the heart of the business and put me to my mettle to answer them.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
He should have some stick, that we may judge what mettle he has.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
He has mettle in him, and thinks of my honour as well as my safety.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
His form had the strength and mettle of a pioneer.
"The Log School-House on the Columbia" by Hezekiah Butterworth
He looks as he had mettle in his arm.
"Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851" by Various
As Ralph discovered his opponent's mettle he became more and more cautious.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
His comrade, George, was likewise of the same mettle, and was aided in the same way.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still

In poetry:

Well —- time will settle
whether that has mettle!
We find these facts we're getting
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Th' bravest man 'at's in a battle,
Isn't allus th' furst i'th' fray;
He best proves his might an' mettle,
Who remains to win the day.
"Take Heart!" by John Hartley
Then crash'd a low binder, and then close behind her
The sward to the strokes of the favourite shook;
His rush roused her mettle, yet ever so little
She shortened her stride as we raced at the brook.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Alack! one night at Ranelagh
The pretty Sly-boots fell a-blushing;
And all the mettled bloods looked round
To see what caused that telltale flushing.
Up stepped a grizzled Poet Fellow
To dance with Pam a saltarello.
"Pamela In Town" by Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
RIPE for any adventure, sturdy, loyal and game,
Quick to the call of the Mother, the young Canadians came.
Eager to show their mettle, ready to shed their blood,
They bowed their neck to the collar and trained in the Wiltshire mud;
"The Lads of the Maple Leaf" by Jessie Pope
Out from the shadowy thicket, across the line of spray,
We ran our gallant ship, my boys, beneath the lofty prow,
And when they saw our mettle, fast, fast they fled away,
With the golden image shattered that decked their mighty bow.
"How We Took The Great Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Officer's mettle is well known.
Kaepernick showed mettle after mistakes.
Sandy showed United Way's mettle , CEO says.
Harris shows mettle after taking hard hit.
Robots prove their mettle in the warehouse.
Cancer fight tests Aberdeen family's mettle .
New York proves its mettle once again.
Emerging Markets Bond ETFs Showing Post-Election Mettle .
Skyline shows its mettle , fights off 4th-quarter Arlington Martin rally.
As hardy as astronauts are, long-term space missions will test their psychological mettle.
After years of bad choices and bad luck, the veteran actor—older, wiser, and emotionally raw—proves his mettle in a new movie and his first TV series.
Where the Mettle Meets the Metal.
Gateway can once again become a trendsetter, but only if Acer proves its marketing mettle.
This weekend two idiots test their political mettle, an aging couple seeks to reconnect, the ultimate killing machine gets revenge and a mad-cap stunt series moves from MTV to the silver screen.
Gurley reservist taking part in Army's Best Warrior competition this week at Ft. An Army specialist from Gurley is among those testing their mettle in Fort Lee, Va.

In science:

We expect that modifying our generation model by also controlling the graph structure might lead to other harder instances, or other interesting properties that would test the mettle of various algorithms.
Consistency and Random Constraint Satisfaction Models
We can test our mettle on experimental simulation of the Big Bang, in relativistic heavy ion collisions.
Future Summary