heavy metal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heavy metal loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
    • n heavy metal a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight (especially one that is poisonous like mercury or lead)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
    • Heavy metal (Mil) large guns carrying balls of a large size; also, large balls for such guns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heavy metal guns or shot of large size: great influence or power
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Quotations

  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    “A typical day in the life of a heavy metal musician consists of a round of golf and an AA meeting.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hefighebban, to heave; Old High Ger. hebîg.

Usage

In literature:

It is heavy, evidently of some kind of metal.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
They carried a heavy weight of metal on deck, had but little beam, but were rigged with taut masts and very square yards.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was heavy and made of some metal over which a brilliant black enamel had been laid.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
At each corner of the tank were heavy metal strips which held the glass sides.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
Part of the heavy metal he has been able to change into the more portable form of bank-notes.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
It was an old folding cot, made of fairly heavy cross braces, bound with substantial pieces of metal.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
This shell is very thin, but it is made strong by adding a heavy back of melted metal.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
Whirling the heavy metal ring of my menore in my hand, I sprang towards the table.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
The Magnificent Mole is built mostly of titanium, a metal which is only about half as heavy as steel and twice as rugged.
"Operation Earthworm" by Joe Archibald
Heavy flannel shirt and trousers, boots heavily weighted, and bulky metal-loaded belt strapped about his waist.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
The box was of thin, strong metal, but it was heavy.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
They offered any price in heavy metals, gold, platinum, iridium, and so on.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
I grasped its barrel, reached upward and struck with its heavy metal butt.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
But the heavy metal panels would not yield; the seal held intact.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Those heavy laminations of imbedded metal furnish the inductance.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
The heavy metal door was slammed shut, and they were alone.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
It was like metal, and heavy, as the pilot's efforts proved, though it was surprisingly small in size.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
How heavy of metal it was!
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Martian miners dabbled in heavy metals.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
The mass of metal to which he was clinging was vibrating as though from a series of heavy submarine blows.
"Command" by William McFee
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In news:

Nano-velcro clasps heavy metal molecules in its grips.
New 'Amazing Race' cast includes Fabulous Beekman Boys and heavy metal rocker.
Five Essential Heavy Metal Amps, Part 2.
Heavy metal drummer out of Elkhart County Jail.
Charles Benante, drummer for heavy metal band Anthrax has been released from Elkhart Co.
Playing for Mandy Moore helped forge guitarist's heavy metal foundations.
Heavy metal tour slams into Belton's Expo Center.
If that's the case, maybe Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be spending some more time wooing voters at heavy metal concerts.
Heavy Metal Is The Devils Music.
South African photographer Frank Marshall captured Botswana's heavy metal rockers as part of his Renegades series.
Kevin Durant sued by heavy-metal rocker over 'Durantula' nickname.
Small planets don't need " heavy metal " stars to form.
Crane handles lifting of heavy metal .
Why being a dad is heavy metal .
Is a feud brewing between heavy metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne and teen sensation Justin Bieber.
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In science:

We also explored a range of heavy elements abundances at z = 9.6, by scaling the metallicity of all gas particles by a constant factor in the range ξ = 0.2 to 5 (see the next section).
Stellar Feedback in Dwarf Galaxy Formation
This is a conventional positron source, which uses a 500 MeV electron beam impinging on a heavy-metal target to produce ∼10% of the nominal positron beam.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
Both act qualitatively in a similar way as they enhance the ISM metallicity through injection of mass enriched in heavy elements by the thermonuclear reactions taking place in stars and supernovae.
Supernova remnants, planetary nebulae and superbubbles: prospects for new XMM-Newton observations
YP determinations derived from H II regions with a small fraction of heavy elements, usually called metal poor or extremely metal-poor H II regions.
The Primordial Helium Abundance
From simple metals to exotic heavy fermion materials, it shows a dramatic linear dependence over 3 orders of magnitude.
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems
We can then construct distribution functions of such key parameters as mass, age and heavy-element abundance (metallicity) for the clusters, instead of just the luminosity-weighted averages that we get from the unresolved field-star light.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
A key and (fortunately) observationally prominent marker of evolution in a stellar population is its heavy-element abundance or metal licity.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
The factor-of-ten difference in heavy-element abundance between an average metal-poor and a metal-rich GC becomes more sharply defined if more metallicity-sensitive colour indices are used (cf.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
Together they form a metallic state comprised of quasiparticles which reveal their local moment constituents entropically in their heavy mass and numerically in a Fermi volume that includes the magnetic moments as if they were itinerant.
Quantum Criticality and Novel Phases: Summary and Outlook
However, massive stars are also proficient producers of heavy elements and in order to keep the metallicity of the disk down to acceptable levels, supernovae driven outflow was also included.
Why Do We Need Non-Baryonic Dark Matter?
However, massive stars are also proficient producers of heavy elements and in order to keep the metallicity of the disk down to acceptable levels, supernovae driven outflow was also included.
Primordial Nucleosynthesis
Where and when were the heavy elements formed? Although the Hubble Deep Field and related observations suggest that the bulk of metal production and star formation occurred at z = 1 − 2, the metals in the Lyα forest obviously formed earlier.
Structure and Evolution of The Intergalactic Medium: Conference Summary
Designed with 1– 10 m2 of effective area, this set of X-ray telescopes would have the capability of studying the “X-ray Gunn-Peterson effect” in heavy-element K-edge absorption through the metal-contaminated parts of the IGM.
Structure and Evolution of The Intergalactic Medium: Conference Summary
This temperature dependence is characteristic of systems, such as transition and heavy fermion metals, in which the dominant scattering mechanism is the interactions of the electrons with one another.
Similarities between organic and cuprate superconductors
In transition and heavy fermion metals there is a rule relating the magnitude of the temperature dependence to the density of states deduced from the electronic specific heat.
Similarities between organic and cuprate superconductors
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