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  Dictionary Definition of metals

1. any of a class of elementary substances, as gold, silver, copper, etc., all of which are crystalline when solid and many of which are characterised by opacity, ductility, conductivity, and a peculiar lustre when freshly fractured.
2. an alloy or mixture composed wholly or partly of such substances.
3. Chemistry a. a metal (def. 1) in its pure state, as distinguished from alloys. b. an element yielding positively charged ions in aqueous solutions of its salts.
4. human character viewed as formative material: the metal of which the American character has been built.
5. Printing, etc. a. type metal. b. the state of being set up in type.
6. Also, road metal. broken stone used for ballast on railway tracks or for surfacing roads; blue metal.
7. ( plural ) rails.
8. molten glass in the pot or melting tank.
9. Heraldry either of the tinctures gold ( or ) and silver ( argent ).
-- verb (t) ( metalled, metalling or, US, metaled, metaling )
10. to furnish or cover with metal.
[ME, from OF, from L metallum mine, mineral, metal, from Greek métallon mine]