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Definition of metal:

  1. A mine from which ores are taken.
  2. An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than acid properties, as contrasted with the nonmetals, or metalloids. No sharp line can be drawn between the metals and nonmetals, and certain elements partake of both acid and basic qualities, as chromium, manganese, bismuth, etc.
  3. Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.
  4. Glass in a state of fusion.
  5. Ore from which a metal is derived; - so called by miners.
  6. The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.
  7. The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.
  8. The rails of a railroad.
  9. The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.
  10. To cover with metal; as, to metal a ship's bottom; to metal a road.


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