of, relating to, or consisting of metal.
of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness: metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
- (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state: metallic iron.
- containing or yielding metal.
- a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
- a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.
Origin of metallic
1560–70;Related formsme·tal·li·cal·ly, adverbmet·al·lic·i·ty [met-l-is-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈɪs ɪ ti/, met·al·le·i·ty [met-l-ee-i-tee] /ˌmɛt lˈi ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·me·tal·lic, adjectivemul·ti·me·tal·lic, adjectivesem·i·me·tal·lic, adjectiveun·me·tal·lic, adjectiveun·me·tal·li·cal·ly, adverb
< Latin metallicus
< Greek metallikós
of, for mines. See metal
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Examples from the Web for metallically
Historical Examples of metallically
Then—he told me that later—he heard somebody hickup, hickup hard, metallically.
A narrow deck, metallically enclosed, and with large bull's-eye windows, encircled the superstructure.
The traditional pencil has been displaced by a silver point which traces its mark upon a metallically coated paper.
British Dictionary definitions for metallically
Derived Formsmetallically, adverb
of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
suggestive of a metala metallic click; metallic lustre
chem (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combinationmetallic copper
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Word Origin and History for metallically
1560s, from Middle French métallique or directly from Latin metallicus, from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).
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Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.
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