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[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee]
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  1. the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
  2. the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
  3. 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 formsmet·al·lur·gic, met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivemet·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbmet·al·lur·gist [met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/, nounnon·met·al·lur·gic, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbun·met·al·lur·gic, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for metallurgical

Historical Examples

  • Bourges and Vierzon are metallurgical and engineering centres.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1


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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgical


  1. the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
Derived Formsmetallurgic or metallurgical, adjectivemetallurgically, adverbmetallurgist (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

metallurgical in Science


  1. 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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