Heavy metals

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heavy metals (Chem) See under Metal.
    • Heavy metals (Chem) the metallic elements not included in the groups of the alkalies, alkaline earths, or the earths; specifically, the heavy metals, as gold, mercury, platinum, lead, silver, etc.
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

It is a grey, very heavy powder, consisting mostly of finely divided metallic zinc, with traces of oxide and sulphide of zinc.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
The effect of such heavy metal at so short a range was terrific.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
I think Mr. Repton reported, before, that she carried twenty-four guns, and all heavy metal.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
A strong heavy metal chest which lay in the centre of the boat was the generator.
"The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria" by W. Scott-Elliot
The heavy metal had pierced the floor of the absorber and oil was pouring out in a thin but steady stream.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Its metal ribs and heavy translucent, reinforced glass plates resisted me.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
There are no heavy metals on Ragnarok's other sun.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
The word tankard was originally applied to a heavy and large vessel of wood banded with metal, in which to carry water.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
A persistent metallic whirring broke rudely in upon the dreams of the heavy sleepers in Camp Spurling.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
A metal shoe on the lower edge of the boards is an excellent thing for preserving the binding of heavy books.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
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In news:

"Aeterno Elementum" is a heavy metal opera that blends old and new.
'Aeterno' marries heavy metal and opera.
Sacha Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' has roots in heavy metal .
Saxon To Release " Heavy Metal Thunder-The Movie" Next Month.
' Oh, and did we mention that this heavy metal fan plays it on an iPhone.
When she changes into leather to play heavy metal , she picks up a five-string fretless Viper violin.
Area Students Attending " Heavy Metal " Tour.
Heavy metal is naturally occurring in our soil, water.
Heavy metal , bikes and hot chicks.
Readers' Poll: The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.
Heavy Metal , Heavy Knowledge.
How do you stay healthy on the road and in the heavy-metal world.
In the world of heavy metal, that's high praise indeed.
The legendary British heavy metal band brought its Final Frontier World Tour to Florida over the weekend for two shows.
Columbus Mileposts Dec 8, 2004: Man fatally shoots 4 at heavy- metal concert.
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In science:

Following the early study by Yoshii & Sabano (1980), it has been proposed (Bromm et al. 2001; Schneider et al. 2002; Bromm & Loeb 3003; Santoro & Shull 2006; Smith & Sigurdsson 2007) that the mechanism inducing a transition from a top-heavy to a more conventional IMF is metal enrichment.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
If indeed mass loss in very massive stars is dominated by optically thick, continuum-driven outbursts or explosions as suggested by Smith & Owocki (2006), nitrogen would be expelled, but no other heavy metal because these stars are not in advanced O, Si and subsequent burning stages.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
An additional problem is that our cosmic inventory of the cosmic metals associated with the observed star formation history is lacking a consistent fraction of heavy elements.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
Both the meteoritic data and observations of metal-poor stars indicate that in order to obtain the overall solar r-process pattern, there should be a source producing mainly the heavy r-process nuclei with A > 130 and another producing mainly the light r-process nuclei with A ≤ 130.
The r-Process: Current Understanding and Future Tests
From a sample of 9 stars with transiting planets, Guillot et al. (2006) found that the heavy element content of the planets correlates with the metallicity of the host stars.
The Chemical Compositions of Stars with Planets: A Review
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