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Definition 1: any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc. - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for metal in the sense of this definition

(metal is a kind of ...) any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter

(... is a kind of metal ) any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)

(... is a kind of metal ) a short-lived radioactive metallic element formed from uranium and disintegrating into actinium and then into lead

(... is a kind of metal ) an intensely radioactive metallic element that occurs in minute amounts in uranium ores

(... is a kind of metal ) a rare heavy polyvalent metallic element that resembles manganese chemically and is used in some alloys; is obtained as a by-product in refining molybdenum

(... is a kind of metal ) a white hard metallic element that is one of the platinum group and is found in platinum ores; used in alloys with platinum

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali metal group; burns in air and reacts violently in water; occurs in carnallite and lepidolite and pollucite

(... is a kind of metal ) a rare polyvalent metallic element of the platinum group; it is found associated with platinum

(... is a kind of metal ) a grey lustrous metallic element of the rare earth group; is used in special alloys; occurs in monazite and bastnasite

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery metallic element of the rare earth group having no stable isotope; was discovered in radioactive form as a fission product of uranium

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft yellowish-white trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; can be recovered from bastnasite or monazite by an ion-exchange process

(... is a kind of metal ) a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive metallic element that is similar to tellurium and bismuth; occurs in uranium ores but can be produced by bombarding bismuth with neutrons in a nuclear reactor

(... is a kind of metal ) a silver-white metallic element of the platinum group that resembles platinum; occurs in some copper and nickel ores; does not tarnish at ordinary temperatures and is used (alloyed with gold) in jewelry

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard brittle blue-grey or blue-black metallic element that is one of the platinum metals; the heaviest metal known

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft grey ductile metallic element used in alloys; occurs in niobite; formerly called columbium

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard malleable ductile silvery metallic element that is resistant to corrosion; used in alloys; occurs in pentlandite and smaltite and garnierite and millerite

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic metallic element; found in trace amounts in uranium ores; a by-product of the production of plutonium

(... is a kind of metal ) a yellow trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs in monazite and bastnasite in association with cerium and lanthanum and praseodymium

(... is a kind of metal ) a white trivalent metallic element; sometimes classified in the rare earth group; occurs in the Scandinavian mineral thortveitite

(... is a kind of metal ) a silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group; occurs abundantly in natural compounds (especially in salt water); burns with a yellow flame and reacts violently in water; occurs in sea water and in the mineral halite (rock salt)

(... is a kind of metal ) any of the monovalent metals of group I of the periodic table (lithium or sodium or potassium or rubidium or cesium or francium)

"the hydroxides of the alkali metals are strongly alkaline"

(... is a kind of metal ) a lustrous grey strong metallic element resembling titanium; it is used in nuclear reactors as a neutron absorber; it occurs in baddeleyite but is obtained chiefly from zircon

(... is a kind of metal ) a bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs naturally as zinc sulphide in zinc blende

(... is a kind of metal ) a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery metallic element; a rare earth of the lanthanide series; it occurs in gadolinite and monazite and xenotime

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy toxic silvery-white radioactive metallic element; occurs in many isotopes; used for nuclear fuels and nuclear weapons

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite

(... is a kind of metal ) a light strong grey lustrous corrosion-resistant metallic element used in strong lightweight alloys (as for airplane parts); the main sources are rutile and ilmenite

(... is a kind of metal ) a silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion; used in many alloys and to coat other metals to prevent corrosion; obtained chiefly from cassiterite where it occurs as tin oxide

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery metallic element of the rare earth group; isotope 170 emits X-rays and is used in small portable X-ray machines; it occurs in monazite and apatite and xenotime

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery-white tetravalent radioactive metallic element; isotope 232 is used as a power source in nuclear reactors; occurs in thorite and in monazite sands

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft grey malleable metallic element that resembles tin but discolors on exposure to air; it is highly toxic and is used in rodent and insect poisons; occurs in zinc blende and some iron ores

(... is a kind of metal ) a metallic element of the rare earth group; used in lasers; occurs in apatite and monazite and xenotime and ytterbite

(... is a kind of metal ) a crystalline metallic element not found in nature; occurs as one of the fission products of uranium

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard grey lustrous metallic element that is highly resistant to corrosion; occurs in niobite and fergusonite and tantalite

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silver-white or yellowish metallic element of the alkali metal group; turns yellow in air; occurs in celestite and strontianite

(... is a kind of metal ) a polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in its properties; used to strengthen and harden steel

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals

(... is a kind of metal ) a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard ferromagnetic silver-white bivalent or trivalent metallic element; a trace element in plant and animal nutrition

(... is a kind of metal ) a hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silver-white ductile metallic element (liquid at normal temperatures); the most electropositive and alkaline metal

(... is a kind of metal ) a ductile grey metallic element of the lanthanide series; used in lighter flints; the most abundant of the rare-earth group

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding curium with alpha particles

(... is a kind of metal ) a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft bluish-white ductile malleable toxic bivalent metallic element; occurs in association with zinc ores

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals

(... is a kind of metal ) a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding americium with helium

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group; found in barite

(... is a kind of metal ) a metallic element having four allotropic forms; used in a wide variety of alloys; found in stibnite

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms

(... is a kind of metal ) a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite

(... is a kind of metal ) any metal that is resistant to corrosion or oxidation

(... is a kind of metal ) a metal that is common and not considered precious

"lead, iron, copper, tin, and zinc are base metals"

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic metallic element; produced by bombarding plutonium with helium nuclei

(... is a kind of metal ) a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; forms compounds that are highly magnetic

(... is a kind of metal ) a light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)

(... is a kind of metal ) a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; usually occurs in association with yttrium

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals

(... is a kind of metal ) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

"the children were playing with lead soldiers"

(... is a kind of metal ) a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood

(... is a kind of metal ) a heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group; used in alloys; occurs in natural alloys with platinum or osmium

(... is a kind of metal ) a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite

(... is a kind of metal ) a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs together with yttrium; forms highly magnetic compounds

(... is a kind of metal ) a grey tetravalent metallic element that resembles zirconium chemically and is found in zirconium minerals; used in filaments for its ready emission of electrons

(... is a kind of metal ) a rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element; brittle at low temperatures but liquid above room temperature; occurs in trace amounts in bauxite and zinc ores

(... is a kind of metal ) a ductile silvery-white ductile ferromagnetic trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive element of the alkali-metal group discovered as a disintegration product of actinium

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic metallic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons

(... is a kind of metal ) a bivalent and trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group

(... is a kind of metal ) a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium

(... is a kind of metal ) a radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons

(... is a kind of 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)

Definition 2: a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where metal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • brass is an alloy of zinc and copper

Synonyms for metal in the sense of this definition

(metal is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy based on tungsten with cobalt or nickel as a binder; used in making metal-cutting tools

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range

(... is a kind of metal ) any alloy that fuses at low temperatures and can be used molding artificial teeth

(... is a kind of metal ) any alloy whose principal component is copper

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of gold used in dentistry

(... is a kind of metal ) an aluminum-based alloy

(... is a kind of metal ) a nickel-base alloy with chromium and iron; used in gas-turbine blades

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of iron and nickel having a low coefficient of thermal expansion; used in tuning forks and measuring tapes and other instruments

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy whose main constituent is nickel

(... is a kind of metal ) a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy that emits sparks when struck or scratched with steel; used in lighter flints

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic; used in making small shot

(... is a kind of metal ) a very hard alloy of cobalt and chromium with cobalt as the principal ingredient; used to make cutting tools and for surfaces subject to heavy wear

(... is a kind of metal ) a silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy similar to pewter

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction

(... is a kind of 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)

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold

(... is a kind of metal ) alloy of copper and tin and zinc; used in imitation gold jewelry

(... is a kind of metal ) trade name for an alloy used to make high-energy permanent magnets; contains aluminum and iron and nickel plus cobalt or copper or titanium

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy with a low melting point and used as solder and in safety plugs and sprinkler fuses

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of gold and silver

(... is a kind of metal ) any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of copper and lead used especially for making large pots

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces

(... is a kind of metal ) a pale alloy of gold usually with platinum or nickel or palladium

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy of tin and lead and antimony used to make printing type

(... is a kind of metal ) an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings

(... is a kind of metal ) a fusible alloy that is half bismuth plus lead, tin, and cadmium; melts at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit

(metal is made of the substance ...) a homogeneous solid that can exist over a range of component chemicals; a constituent of alloys that is formed when atoms of an element are incorporated into the crystals of a metal

Definition 3: cover with metal - [verb of contact]

(metal is a kind of ...) put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

"coat the cake with chocolate"

Definition 4: containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where metal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a metallic compound
  • metallic luster
  • the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades

Synonyms for metal in the sense of this definition

(metal is similar to ...) consisting completely of metal

"all-metal airplanes"

(metal is similar to ...) made from or largely consisting of silver

"silver bracelets"

(metal is similar to ...) resembling metal

(metal is similar to ...) made from or covered with gold

"gold coins" "the gold dome of the Capitol" "the golden calf" "gilded icons"

(metal is similar to ...) made from or consisting of bronze

(metal is similar to ...) formed of two different metals or alloys; especially in sheets bonded together

(metal is similar to ...) containing gold

"auriferous quartz veins"

(metal is similar to ...) containing or yielding silver

"argentiferous ore"

(metal is similar to ...) containing antimony

"antimonial lead"

(metal is similar to ...) containing alum or aluminum

(metal is similar to ...) thin and metallic in sound; lacking resonance

"an unpleasant tinny voice"

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