• WordNet 3.6
    • adj metallic containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal "a metallic compound","metallic luster","the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce"
    • n metallic a yarn made partly or entirely of metal
    • n metallic a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal
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Pouring metal Pouring metal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster
    • Metallic Of or pertaining to a metal; of the nature of metal; resembling metal; as, a metallic appearance; a metallic alloy.
    • Metallic (Chem) Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, the essential and implied properties of a metal, as contrasted with a nonmetal or metalloid; conductive of electricity; basic; forming positive ions in solution; antacid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Copper is the second most used metal in the world.
    • metallic Consisting of or having the characters of a metal; made up of metal or of an alloy. This word is used to indicate the condition of a metal (see metal) in which it exists by itself, and not mineralized or combined with those substances which take away its metallic character and convert it into an ore, in which the elementary substance exists, but often with characters greatly differing from those which it has when separated from its mineralizers, or reduced to the metallic form.
    • metallic Characteristic of a metal: as, a metallic luster.
    • metallic Having one or more properties resembling those of metals: as, a metallic voice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum.
    • Metallic pertaining to, or like, a metal: consisting of metal
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  • Lord Byron
    “Constancy... that small change of love, which people exact so rigidly, receive in such counterfeit coin, and repay in baser metal.”
  • 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.”
  • Voltaire
    “Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “I weigh the man, not his title; 'tis not the king's stamp can make the metal better.”
  • Sir William Osler
    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”


Put the pedal to the metal - If you put the pedal to the metal, you go faster.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. metallicus, fr. metallum,: cf. F. métallique,. See Metal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. metallum—Gr. metallon, a mine, a metal.


In literature:

The principal imports are textiles, metal goods, colonial goods, implements, furniture, leather, petroleum.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The ground beneath their feet still of its metallic quality, appeared far rougher than before.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
All the parts are made of metal, so that no change in the weather can affect their relative positions.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
These metal plates are on a spindle and can be rotated.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
A small metal frame of sun-mirrors, prisms and vacuum tubes.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The passenger spacer had accepted this assurance and gracefully laid a ten-foot metal egg in space.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
A white hot splinter of metal hung from the crane.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
We are certain that many very valuable deposits of the precious metals lie buried beneath the lava fields.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
Iron is the most useful of all other metals.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
All joints are made tight, metal to metal, without packing of any kind.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Purification and Separation of Metals.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Polishing Flat Surfaces on Glass or on Speculum Metal.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
The kid screamed as the molten metal burned his hand.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
In the metallic molecule state, the metal will reflect pretty well.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
The metal must be quite hot when poured, so that it will run sharp and fill the cavity.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
The alloy is composed of copper, tin, spelter, or zinc and lead, which metals are manipulated.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXVII.--No. 2. [New Series.], July 14, 1877" by Various
The device was also made in gold metal imitation-embroidery in several variant designs.
"American Military Insignia 1800-1851" by J. Duncan Campbell
It is quite probable that gold was the earliest metal to be worked.
"The Business of Mining" by Arthur J. Hoskin
Wheelbarrows we met, with and without men, and metal boxes, as large as wagons, dropped about a dirt floor.
"Steel" by Charles Rumford Walker
The system of relying upon the precious metals as money has long been known as the Automatic system.
"Money" by John P. Jones

In poetry:

Save a voiceless wail, save a cry of woe,
That burst forth in fitful throbbing--
A bullet had pierced its metal through,
For the Dead the wounded was sobbing!
"The Trumpet Of Gravelotte" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath
Then shall Love keep the ashes, and torn parts,
Of both our broken hearts:
Shall out of both one new one make,
From hers, th' allay; from mine, the metal take.
"The Given Heart" by Abraham Cowley
The smooth sea-line
With a metal shine,
And flashes of white, and a sail thereon,
He would also descry
With a half-wrapt eye
Between the projects he mused upon.
"Self- Unconscious" by Thomas Hardy
When I was young my teachers were the old.
I gave up fire for form till I was cold.
I suffered like a metal being cast.
I went to school to age to learn the past.
"What Fifty Said.." by Robert Frost
Into big books of metal clasps they pored.
They governed, even as men; they welcomed lays.
The treasures women are whose aim is praise,
Was shown in them: the Garden half restored.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
Thou hast hid metals: man may take them thence;
But at his peril: when he digs the place,
He makes a grave; as if the thing had sense,
And threatned man, that he should fill the space.
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

Metal bands headline at Cosmic Charlie's, Buster's.
Growing up I always dreamed about using a metal detector to find buried treasure, and these 2 guys are doing it.
Today's song of the day comes from New York-based metal band Serial Poets.
Just in time for Halloween, Full Metal Jackie will be joined by Nergal of the Polish Metal band BEHEMOTH tonight.
Mixing the themes of love and death in music styles such as goth metal, progressive death metal, and symphonic black metal.
Wretched is one of those bands that so-called metal snobs say you aren't supposed to like because the style of metal they play is considered a trend that's been played out.
The type of metal being machined and how that metal is removed from the parent part can greatly affect the stability of the metalworking fluid.
A French man with a metal detector found John Mack's metal ID tag.
Since ancient times, people have been building with metal and Europeans have been using metal roofing for hundreds of years.
Some expanded metal lath manufacturers are producing below weight expanded metal lath products, marketing them as nominal.
So mix metal and Halloween together, and you get the most metal ghost story ever.
Thrashman's Metal Pick Of The Week: Gigan Offers Up A Fresh Dose Of Technical Death Metal With "Quasi- Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes".
Dear Santa, I would like for Christmas is a metal detector the reason I want that so I can find metal in the snow.
Rolling Stone, who aren't really known for their stellar coverage of metal in general (IMHO) have released their reader-poll results for best metal albums of all time.
Samson 's Metal Masters 4 Turns in a Fiery Night of Metal at NYC's Gramercy Theatre.

In science:

HE 0557−4840 falls in the “gap” between the two most metal-poor stars at [Fe/H] ∼ –5.5 and the next most metal-poor stars at [Fe/H ] = –4.0.
HE 0557-4840 - Ultra-Metal-Poor and Carbon-Rich
Non-metals and metals Non-metals are distinguished from metals by the fact that for the former Sf;σ is an empty set.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
With the above extension of the definition of Sl;σ , one observes that indeed the frontier of the Fermi sea of an arbitrary metallic GS coincides with Sf;σ ∪ Sl;σ (Sec. 2.1.1) so that knowledge of both Sf;σ and Sl;σ suffices to determine the extent of the Fermi sea corresponding to an arbitrary metallic GS.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
For the reasons indicated in Sec. 2.1.2, we conclude that the states for which the Luttinger theorem was found to be violated, and which Maier, Pruschke and Jarrell85) considered as ‘non-Fermi-liquid’ metallic states, are pathological states, rather than metallic states of any kind.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
We investigate computationally adsorption energies and adsorption sites on graphene sheet for a lo t of atomic species including transition metals, noble metals, nitrogen and oxygen, using the DFT calculation as a prototype for CNT.
DFT calculation for adatom adsorption on graphene sheet as a prototype of carbon nano tube functionalization
Because we have used a fixed (primordial) metallicity for computing cooling, there is no issue of using the metallicity of individual particles or smoothing with the SPH kernel.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
Thus an old metal poor star will occupy the same region of the CMD as a younger metal rich giant.
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
We however notice two potential problems in their analysis: the metal excess is entirely due to the presence of two subgiants with exceptionally high metallicity.
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
Concerning metallicity the evidence so far collected seems clear: giant stars hosting planets do not show any tendency towards being metal rich.
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
Santos et al. 2006, but both authors conclude that this dependence was uniquely the result of a selection bias, and that metallicity is the relevant parameter, because metallicity and stellar mass were strongly correlated in their samples.
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
At low metallicity the aluminium prod uction is mainly based on 12C produced by He burning: it can be considered as a primary production (independent of the metallicity of the supernova).
NLTE determination of the aluminium abundance in a homogeneous sample of extremely metal-poor stars
The NLTE abundances of Al computed in this work for very metal-poor stars provide more reliable values of the ratio Al/Fe and a more reliable trend of this ratio versus metallicity.
NLTE determination of the aluminium abundance in a homogeneous sample of extremely metal-poor stars
RSGs in the LMC and SMC is that we can probe possible metallicity effects on the mass loss, because the metallicities of the LMC and SMC are systematically lower than the solar value (∼ 0.5 Z⊙ and 0.2 Z⊙ for the LMC and SMC, respectively).
Spatially resolved dusty torus toward the red supergiant WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Since dust formatio n is expected to depend on metallicity, studies on the circumstellar environment of RSGs in the LMC and SMC are useful for clarifying the metallicity effect on the dust formation and obtaining insights into the driving mechanism of mass outflows.
Spatially resolved dusty torus toward the red supergiant WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
All this suggests that maximally two metal electrons per metal atom can be transferred to hydrogen.9 Hence the Ti atoms remain in an open-shell configuration with at least two d-electrons left.
First-principles study of the optical properties of MgxTi(1-x)H2