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[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒi or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒi/
the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.
Origin of metallurgy
1695-1705; < New Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy
Related forms
metallurgic, metallurgical, adjective
metallurgically, adverb
[met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
nonmetallurgic, adjective
nonmetallurgical, adjective
nonmetallurgically, adverb
unmetallurgic, adjective
unmetallurgical, adjective
unmetallurgically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for metallurgical
Historical Examples
  • Bourges and Vierzon are metallurgical and engineering centres.

  • The metallurgical explanation of the twelve-hour day, however, is this.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • From a metallurgical point of view all of these operations are roasting.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Their metallurgical gods and the tradition of Cadmus indicate this much.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • We can outline the character of metallurgical appliances at various periods in a few words.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • In general, since Agricola's time tin has not seen the mechanical and metallurgical development of the other metals.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • According to Homer tin played considerable part in Vulcan's metallurgical stores.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • It consists of some 500 Latin mineralogical and metallurgical terms, many of which are of Agricola's own coinage.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The success of his metallurgical enterprise no doubt reacted on his telegraphic business.

  • The use of limestone and other rock for metallurgical fluxes is dependent very largely on chemical composition.

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgical


/mɛˈtælədʒɪ; US ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ/
the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
Derived Forms
metallurgic, metallurgical, adjective
metallurgically, adverb
metallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst; ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for metallurgical



1704, from Modern Latin metallurgia, from Greek metallourgos "worker in metal," from metallon "metal" (see metal) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Related: Metallurgical; metallurgist.

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metallurgical in Science
The scientific study and technology of extracting metals from ores, refining them for use, and creating alloys and useful objects from them.
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