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metallic

[muh-tal-ik] /məˈtæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or consisting of metal.
2.
of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness:
metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
3.
Chemistry.
  1. (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state:
    metallic iron.
  2. containing or yielding metal.
noun
4.
Textiles.
  1. a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
  2. a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.
Origin of metallic
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin metallicus < Greek metallikós of, for mines. See metal, -ic
Related forms
metallically, adverb
metallicity
[met-l-is-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
metalleity
[met-l-ee-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈi ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
intermetallic, adjective
multimetallic, adjective
semimetallic, adjective
unmetallic, adjective
unmetallically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for metallic
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  • There was a metallic ring in Crane's voice that affected her disagreeably.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • There was a sound of metallic clicking and a thin rattle of steel.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • "Not all skill—not all skill," piped the metallic voice, indistinctly.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The metallic noise of the gulls grew so loud as to blanket all else.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • None of them are muddy, or metallic, or dingy, as are too many blues and lavenders.

British Dictionary definitions for metallic

metallic

/mɪˈtælɪk/
adjective
1.
of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
2.
suggestive of a metal: a metallic click, metallic lustre
3.
(chem) (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combination: metallic copper
Derived Forms
metallically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for metallic
adj.

1560s, from Middle French métallique or directly from Latin metallicus, from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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metallic in Science
metallic
  (mĭ-tāl'ĭk)   
Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.
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