- such a substance in its pure state, as distinguished from alloys.
- an element yielding positively charged ions in aqueous solutions of its salts.
verb (used with object), met·aled, met·al·ing or (especially British) met·alled, met·al·ling.
Words nearby metal
Origin of metal
OTHER WORDS FROM metalmet·al·like, adjectiveun·met·aled, adjectiveun·met·alled, adjective
Examples from the Web for metalled
It struck full; the trigger-guard gashed the jaw and the metalled butt spoiled the sight of an eye.Doom Castle|Neil Munro
It appeared as if M'Adam had emptied every stone he ever broke to be strewed over this metalled region.Expedition into Central Australia|Charles Sturt
The factory roads through the Zeraats are kept in most perfect order; many of them are metalled.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
To Boone, who had never seen a metalled road, it meant adventuring forth into the world of his dreams.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
I believe there are over one hundred miles of metalled roads in the capital and the suburbs, all due to untiring M. Doumer.A Wayfarer in China|Elizabeth Kendall
British Dictionary definitions for metalled (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for metalled (2 of 2)
- any of a number of chemical elements, such as iron or copper, that are often lustrous ductile solids, have basic oxides, form positive ions, and are good conductors of heat and electricity
- an alloy, such as brass or steel, containing one or more of these elements
- the total weight of projectiles that can be shot by a ship's guns at any one time
- the total weight or number of a ship's guns
verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled (tr)
Derived forms of metalmetal-like, adjective
Word Origin for metal
Medical definitions for metalled
Scientific definitions for metalled
Most metallic elements are lustrous or colorful solids that are good conductors of heat and electricity, and readily form ionic bonds with other elements. Many of their properties are due to the fact that their outermost electrons, called valence electrons, are not tightly bound to the nucleus. For instance, most metals form ionic bonds easily because they readily give up valence electrons to other atoms, thereby becoming positive ions (cations). The electrical conductivity of metals also stems from the relative freedom of valence electrons. In a substance composed of metals, the atoms are in a virtual sea of valence electrons that readily jump from atom to atom in the presence of an electric potential, creating electric current. With the exception of hydrogen, which behaves like a metal only at very high pressures, the elements that appear in the left-hand column of the Periodic Table are called alkali metals. Alkali metals, such as sodium and potassium, have only one electron in their outermost shell, and are chemically very reactive. (Hydrogen is exceptional in that, although it is highly reactive, its other metallic properties are manifest only at very high pressures.) Metals farther toward the right side of the Periodic Table, such as tin and lead, have more electrons in their outermost shell, and are not as reactive. The somewhat reactive elements that fall between the two extremes are the transition elements, such as iron, copper, tungsten, and silver. In most atoms, inner electron shells must be maximally occupied by electrons before an outer shell will accept electrons, but many transition elements have electron gaps in the shell just inside the valence shell. This configuration leads to a wide variety of available energy levels for electrons to move about in, so in the presence of electromagnetic radiation such as light, a variety of frequencies are readily emitted or absorbed. Thus transition metals tend to be very colorful, and each contributes different colors to different compounds.