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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 metallurgist
Historical Examples
  • He seems to have no notion at all that manners are simply the signs by which the chemist or metallurgist knows his metals.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Both the mineralogist and metallurgist touch the problem but they do not cover it.

  • There is known to the writer an expert mineralogist and metallurgist.

  • Hollingwood, the metallurgist, appeared, dragging with him the detector.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • They are just rocks which form part of the earth's crust, and it is only the metallurgist who can tell what they consist of.

  • On the 9th, aged 52, Paul Heroult, a distinguished French metallurgist and engineer.

  • To bring a thing to the test is to put it in the alchemist's or metallurgist's test or trying-pot (cf. test-tube), Old Fr.

  • Dick Fulsom, metallurgist, had already lost his life that way.

    The Sphere of Sleep Chester S. Geier
  • The metallurgist, whose name was Britton, was fortunately a thorough young man.

    Daughters of Doom Herbert B. Livingston
  • War is no longer human; the chemist and the metallurgist have changed all that.

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgist


/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 metallurgist



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
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metallurgist 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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